Slovakian armed forces will be cutting down on Russian military equipment as part of its modernization program, Slovakian President Andrej Kiska said Tuesday.
“The process of modernization of the Slovak armed forces has begun. And our ambition is really absolutely to reduce our dependence on Russian military equipment,” Kiska said in a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, according to Sputnik News.
Slovak Defense Minister Martin Glvac visited the Pentagon in January where he met with the US defense secretary at the time, Chuck Hagel.
The two officials discussed strategic cooperation in modernizing Slovakia's military, with Hagel pledging his support for the Eastern European country's modernization efforts.
Slovakia is committed to spending 1.6 percent of its GDP on defense by 2020, Glvac said. The country plans to allocate 20 percent of the defense budget to modernization by 2016, he added.
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The Slovak military will purchase two Italian tactical transport aircraft C-27J Spartan, according to local media reports. Defence Minister Martin Glváč announced that the contract on delivery of the two machines will be inked next week, the TASR newswire reported
The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Sweden have signed a letter of intent agreeing to co-operate on using the Saab Gripen fighter paving the way for a potential Slovakian acquisition of the aircraft. “Today's signing will lay the foundation for bilateral co-operation around a common airspace surveillance of Slovakia and the Czech Republic,” the Swedish defence ministry said August 30
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Slovakia has selected Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets over a competing bid from Saab's Gripen to replace its agein MiG-29 fleet. Slovakia will buy 14 F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft for an estimated1
Slovokia is negotiating a purchase of 30 eight-wheeled Rosomak armored modular vehicle (AMV) from Poland. The announcement by Polands defense ministry follows unsubstantiated news reports that Slovakias Defense Ministry had scrapped the acquisition plan,
NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) Aviation Support Program on Thursday has awarded a contract to provide maintenance and support services on the CAE-built Lynx helicopter full-mission flight trainer (FMFT) based at German Naval Air Station Nordholz in Germany. The three-year contract with CAE will provide on-site maintenance services as well as logistics support and visual database development services
NATO announced Tuesday that it has started testing of its new ‘spearhead force, known as the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). The VJTF is a brigade that will be able to deploy within 48 hours and will eventually include 5,000 troops
The US on Monday has delivered more than 100 military equipment to NATO-allied Baltic nations to deter perceived Russian threat. The deliveries included Abrams Tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, Scout Humvees, Stryker armored vehicles along with combat support units
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