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Czech Republic to deploy Gripen fighters in Iceland as asked by NATO

Xinhua, May 22, 2015 Adjust font size:

Czech Defence Ministry spokesman Petr Medek said on Thursday that NATO has asked the Czech Republic to deploy its JAS-39 Gripen supersonic fighters in Iceland again.

Details of the mission will be released at a press conference to be held on Friday at Czech army's air base in Caslav, central Bohemia.

Medek did not specify how many fighters would be deployed in this mission.

Five Gripen fighters served in the Icelandic mission in last October. Czech fighter pilots patrolled the airspace and territory of Iceland within the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence.

Along with the pilots, more than 70 Czech soldiers took part in the mission. The Gripens returned to the Czech base on Dec. 4, 2014.

Iceland does not have its own military. Endit