PRAGUE, July 23 (Xinhua) -- The Czech Senate (upper house of parliament) approved on Wednesday an extension of the Czech military's Gripen fighters mission in Iceland from five to nine weeks which is until December 2014.
Four Czech supersonic Jas 39 Gripen fighters and 75 soldiers are to participate in the operation to protect Iceland's airspace from October to December 2014.
The extension was asked by NATO. The costs of the mission will reach 33.2 million crowns (about 1.66 million U.S. dollars), which is about 11.3 million more than originally planned.
The Czech military helped protect the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the past.
The extension of the mission is yet to be passed by the Czech Chamber of Deputies (the lower house of parliament). (1 U.S. dollar = 20 crowns)