The Czech Republic has received US State Department approval for 24 F-35s, engines, parts and weapons.
The deal was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on June 29, 2023.
Previously, the Czech offer included twenty Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 engines, modern ammunition and related equipment. The proposed deal aims to enhance the Czech Republic’s defense capabilities, support NATO operations, and maintain regional security.
Weapons include 70 AMRAAM medium-range air-to-air missiles, 86 GBU-53/B – Increment II (SDB-II) StormBreaker All-Up-Rounds (AUR) small diameter bombs, and various precision-guided munitions.
In addition to aircraft and ammunition, the proposed sale includes spare parts, training equipment, logistical support and other related items for the successful integration of acquired assets into the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic.
By strengthening the defense capabilities of NATO allies, this agreement contributes to regional security and strengthens the Alliance’s collective defense posture.
The Czech Republic’s enhanced capabilities will enable the country to actively participate in NATO operations, improve interoperability with other members of the alliance, and increase stability in Europe.
The main contractors responsible for the F-35s and munitions are Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Raytheon Missiles and Defense, and The Boeing Company.
The Czech Republic may also require industry participation, which is determined in negotiations between the buyer and the contractor.