12:43 GMT, April 20, 2009 PRAGUE | The Czech Defense Ministry says last week that it will propose that its
government buy four Casa C-295M transport aircraft developed by EADS CASA, the Spanish units of European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co.
According to a previous announced agreement, Prague will pay for three of the planes and receive the fourth in exchange for five L-159 ALCA jets it no longer needs.
The C-295M will replace the four ageing Soviet-era An-26 aircraft by 2011.
Last year the Czech Defence Ministry and the EADS company signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which also includes stipulations that the Czech Republic is interested in another two aircraft of this type.
Czech in Aircraft Deal with EADS