Czech jet fighters to patrol Iceland’s airspace
Five aircraft and up to 75 soldiers are to be deployed in Iceland, the same as during their previous Iceland mission. The Czech army has leased 14 Gripen fighters from Sweden’s manufacturer Saab. They have been used in four foreign missions so far, always policing the airspace of NATO member states. Since Iceland does not have its own military, its airspace is protected by its allies. Their missions cover not only the island itself, but also a 200-kilometre band around it.