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Czech republic, U.S. to agree on Hercules supply
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09:17, September 11, 2008

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The Czech Republic could acquire two transport planes Hercules and other military materiel within its strategic cooperation with the United States, Czech Defense Minister Vlasta Parkanova said on Wednesday.

"This (Hercules supply) could be part of the agreement and maybe I will be able to hand such information to the government next week," Parkanova told journalists.

A Czech diplomatic and military delegation negotiated about the Declaration on Strategic Cooperation in Washington in the past days.

Under the plan, the Czech Republic and the United States should extend bilateral cooperation in military foreign missions, the exchange of information, including missile defense, and in science and research, Czech CTK news agency said.

Bartak said previously that the Czech Republic seeks ways to secure the tactical transport of materiel to missions abroad. Prague reckons with the transport being secured by four small transport planes and two medium-sized ones, such as the Hercules, according to CTK.

The military is also planning to buy a few transport planes from the Spanish company CASA, it added.

The Czech Defense Ministry has repeatedly dismissed speculations that negotiations similar to those about Hercules are linked to Washington's plan to install its missile defense radar base on Czech soil.

Nevertheless, the U.S.-Czech strategic dialogue was launched earlier this year after the Czech government approved the U.S. radar project.

The Czech government approved the SOFA treaty (Status of Forces Agreement) that specifies the legal framework of U.S. personnel a tthe planned radar base on Czech soil on Wednesday.


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