Czech JAS-39 Gripen deploy to Iceland on NATO mission.
Oct 3, 2014
The Czech Air Force will deploy five of its JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft and a total of 80 aircrews and ground personnel to Iceland for the last quarter of 2014. On Monday, 6 October, the main body of the Czech contingent will depart from 21st Tactical Air Force Base Čáslav. The five JAS-39 Gripen aircraft will then take off from there on Thursday, 9 October. Their mission will be to provide Airborne Surveillance and Interception Capabilities to meet Iceland's Peacetime Preparedness Needs (ASICIPPN) on behalf of NATO.
On their way up north, the Czech Gripen aircraft will be supported by an Italian KC-767 tanker aircraft. The KC-767 is scheduled to take off from Pardubice airport in eastern Bohemia and both provide transport capacity for personnel and material of the Czech contingent and conduct air-to-air refuelling for the Gripen fighters on their flight to Iceland.
Until December 2014, the Czech Air Force will be conducting air defence flying training missions, and provide the necessary degree of training of NATO and Icelandic support personnel. This will ensure that the Alliance could conduct a full-scale peacetime air policing mission at the shortest possible notice.
Since early 2008, when the United States Air Force withdrew their permanent forces from Iceland, NATO Allies have taken turns deploying their fighters to the Nordic Ally for a training period of several weeks. The Czech JAS-39 deployment is the third this year and was preceded by Norwegian F-16s and United States F-15s in February and June, respectively.
Contact information for the Czech JAS-39 Gripen contingent:
Press and Information Officer Captain Thomas Maruscak, 21st Tactical Air Force Čáslav, Czech Republic / Keflavík, Iceland
Cell: 420-602 440 465,