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Czechs sign Gripen lease deal

DESPITE political controversy over the proposed Czech Republic Air Force lease of Saab JAS 39 Gripens, on June 14 Sweden and the Czech Republic signed the CZK 19.65 billion ($750 million) contract. FMV, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, signed the agreement, covering lease of 14 Gripens for a period of ten years, in Prague with its equivalent department in the Czech Ministry of Defence.

At the same time, an offset and industrial co-operation agreement was signed to the value of 130 per cent of the value of the aircraft lease agreement. After a series of negotiations, the final lease contract

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Czech MiG-21s Fly Into Retirement

AFTER PROTECTING Czech airspace for over four decades, the last five Czech Republic Air Force MiG-2ls that still remained operational (comprising four MiG-21MFNs and a single MiG-21 UM) made a final, symbolic flight over the country on July 12. The last MiG-21 unit was 211. Takticka Lekta (Tactical Squadron) of 21.Zakladna Taktickeho Letectva (Tactical Wing) at Caslav. The unit has now re-equipped with the Gripen, which formally took over defence of the country’s air space on July 1, now that the type is fully operational.

The aircraft’s farewell flight from Caslav took in a number of air bases, including Namest

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Czech Air Force Fishbeds – History

THE CZECHOSLOVAK Air Force was the first Warsaw Pact air force to receive the MiG fighter. This was the famous MiG-15, offered to Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1951 as the first export customer of the type. (As a point of interest, it was the Czech Republic which became the first country to get rid of its MiGs). After its Air Force retired the MiG-29 in 1994, and later the MiG-23, it still flew older Fishbeds, upgraded to the NATO-compatible standard MiG-21MFN, in its order of battle. However, since July 13, when the two-seater MiG-21UM c/n 9341 made its

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In the House of Writers Peter Minarzhik and Leonid Dranko-Maisyuk

Peter Minarzhik "with Belarus festival came pretty Creators" A July 30, one day, in the Czech town of Brno lasted literary festival "Month author’s reading." This year, the state was invited Belarus, before Czech luxury lovers of literature were almost three 10-ka Belarusian writers from Minsk, Bialystok and Prague. With the organizer of this extraordinary literary festival on the Czech side Minarzhik Peter discusses Hanna Sous.Hanna Sous: "Peter, you, as an organizer, assess the results of the festival?"Peter Minarzhik: "Evaluate the results of the festival should spectators who came to the festival, and I, as one of the organizers, I

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Walk into the mountains to meet with Vaclav Havel

Nikolai Khalezin, Natalya Kolyada and Vladimir Shcherban to meet Havel had to reach on foot. However, they have been walking only a few km from the railway station in the Czech region Krkanoshe to dacha homestead Gradachek.Gradachek became known precisely because of many years of local life Havel. Cottage was not the only writer of his shelter — gathered here Czech dissidents held various cultural events. During impending Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution was born the motto of those who supported the idea of nominating presidential Havel: "With gryadochki — on Castle!" (Prague Castle — the historic seat of Czech kings and

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Sergei Smotrichenko: Hooked people move the world

Kalinowski: "Good evening, Sergey! Much work has made you limp and satisfied, is not it?"Smotrichenko: "In principle, yes.""Someone drove up and Brno, and now I have met young Belarusians …"Kalinowski: "Move, please up the festival."Smotrichenko: "I think that the festival was useful for both Belarusians and Czechs. Do not know for anyone else. More probably still for the Czechs, as they were able to meet with Belarusian literature in a ‘& # 39; extent that such transfers or knowledge of Belarusian literature did not exist until the next time.For the Belarusian side, I think it was also useful, as someone

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Yugasya Kaliada: Do not divide the literature on women and men

Kalinowski: "Yugasya, you played on the penultimate literary festival in Brno. Either you did not feel that the public is a little tired of the Belarusian literature?"Christmas carol: "I came here only recently and did not know what was the public on past performances. Because I have not seen .. I like the public. " Kalinowski: "The audience behaved intensively. And what struck you more question?"Christmas carol: "Of course, of my love for the Moravian people. This question I heard on past performances, and I loved it and remember. "Kalinowski: "Did you read the story with the intriguing title" What

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Literary festival in Brno hooligans Sergei Prilutsky

Sous: "What is your recollection of the festival in Brno, Czech from the public?"Prilutsky "general of the Czech Republic is always very great memories. Very beautiful city, country people. As I read, answering questions, very amazing to create, people virtually no smoke in the streets and almost did not p» out of beer on the streets … "Sous: "So you’re answering the questions of the variance between Minsk and Brnom. As for the other differences …"Prilutsky: "I have not seen since and there, and there are very peace-loving people. As for me, I feel very free and in Minsk and

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M.Andrasyuk: Watching from Brno we litsezreem Belarusian difficulties on another …

Sous "Pan Michal, before reading his story" Border ", you mentioned that you were born two kilometers from the Polish-Soviet border, and that she took a bit more to the west, at the moment you would speak Belarusian not with the Polish and Russian accent, as to your recollection, says most of the Belarusians. And you identified that live in 2-languages and 2-cultures — Polish and Belarusian. In your opinion, or just focus in pronunciation Bialystok Belarusian literature differs from the one that appears on the territory of modern Belarus? "Androsyuk: "I think that not only accent. Particularly since we

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M.Luksha: Today, every word written in Belarusian — fundamentally

Luksha: "I read the stories that have been translated — just very sad choice depended on translators … I prepared and more than joyful, satirical lyrics and poems … I first made as a writer who sings Belostokskaya our village.I just fell in love with Brno. Such a beautiful city that I can, and would be willing to live here if I did not live in our Bialystok Belarus. "Znatkevich: "In this festival as much as 5 people are participating from Bialystok. According to your opinion, what Bialystok Belarusian literature differs from the Belarusian literature available in Belarus?"Luksha: "It’s a

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