The Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman visited Sweden earlier this week for talks on a number of issues, most notably EU enlargement. But there was another crucial item on Mr Zeman's agenda - persuading Swedish investors to stake their hard-earned cash on the Czech Republic, especially if Prague decides to spend some two billion dollars buying Swedish Grippen jet fighters for the Czech Air Force. Rob Cameron has more.
Several weeks ago the Czech government announced a tender for the biggest defence contract in the country's recent history. The Czech Air Force will soon be forced to decommission its fleet of dilapidated MiG-21s, and the Czech government says it will spend around two billion dollars on between 24 and 36 new supersonic jet fighters. A number of firms are competing for the tender, and as Prime Minister Zeman put it, there are no prizes for coming second:
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