(Slovak World) Re: Czech Cross-American or not?
- My friend took global economics and is a professional in international
business. Countries seem to have no borders and money just seems to merge into one
big global economy. I was raised to "root! root! root! for the home team at
the old ball game" .Am I just another old fogey?? :O)
on a more serious note, I read that the Czechs, though they are financially
strapped, are more or less being forced into upgrading their aircraft due to
NATO pressure. (Or it may be due to European Union pressure.) But i remember
reading that this was their primary motive for the purchase negotiations in
the first place.
When reading this story it isn't as simple as it sounds. It's not just about
an ally not buying American. The Czech are leasing the
Grippens and not buyin, perhaps Lockheed does not have a lease deal. Czech
Rep. is a small country, perhaps the F-16 is not really
suitable for their needs. The Czechs probably buy plenty from us already and
they might want a diverisified air force. I mean if they
only had one type of aircraf, the F-16, and then Lockheed grounds the planes
for a mechnical problem where would the Czech Rep.
be? Also, SAAB cars are owned by Ford, they same might be true for the
aircraft division. So they might actually be buying
American. Just because a product has a foriegn name doesn't mean it isn't
American. Of the course the reverse is also true Phillips
Electronics and Shell Oil are Dutch.
--- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, krejc@a... wrote:
> From what I have been reading on this topic, it is almost a done deal but
> finalized and the Czechs are still negotiating. Hungary has already
> purchased the Gripen and is the first to drift from the usual purchase of
> Lockheed F16's made in the US. The Lockheed F16 has been combat tested
> 100%. The Gripen is acclaimed to be a more technically advanced machine,
> has never been combat tested. So, Czech government has a lot to consider
> all sides, business, military, financial and political.
> According to all reports, the United States is not so concerned with which
> country Czech buys the planes from, but is concerned that the contract is
> for American produced Lockheed planes rather than for the Swedish-British
> produced Gripen.
> I have absolutely no knowledge of these things and have been reading up on
> since Janko first posted the information. It has been a very interesting
> research. I never realized that purchasing such big items had so many
> ramifications. All kinds of deals surround the primary deal and many
> into place along with the original purchase contract. The end decision may
> be the plane itself, but all the other deals surrounding the purchase.
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