The Czech Government has issued a request for information (RFI) for the acquisition of up to 36 Western fighters.

The governments of France, Germany, Sweden, the UK and the USA have received the request. Against expectations the four-nation Eurofighter Typhoon will also be considered. Other candidates for a purchase or lease deal are the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, Dassault Mirage 2000, Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon and the Saab/British Aerospace JAS39 Gripen.

Deliveries to the Czech airforce are expected to start by 2003.

Source: Flight International