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Farnborough 2022: Czech Republic opens F-35 double squadron negotiations

21st July 2022 - 11:30 GMT | by Tim Martin in Farnborough

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The Czech Republic looks set to become the newest F-35 operator (Photo: USAF)

The list of European F-35 operators is set to grow again, with plans in motion for the Czech Republic to acquire 24 of the fifth-generation jets.

The Czech and US governments have officially entered negotiations for the sale of 24 Lockheed Martin F-35 fifth-generation fighter jets.

If an agreement is reached, the Czech Air Force will operate two squadrons of the aircraft, replacing a fleet of 14 Saab Gripen C/D jets. It will also follow Poland as the second Eastern European country to acquire the stealth aircraft.

‘Our decision to select this option is based on the analysis by the Czech Armed Forces, which clearly articulates that only the most advanced fifth-generation fighters will be able to meet mission requirements in future battlefields,’ Jana Černochová, Czech

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