Slovakia to spend billions of euros to modernise its armed forces

  • Redakce ESJ
  • 25.8.2017 10:07

According to a report from 18 August, Slovakia will be massively investing in armed forces modernistion and buying new defence technologies equipment. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico also stated that the Ministry of Defence should focus more on joining European defence initiatives.

Fico reflected words of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who pointed out that insufficient cooperation between member states costs 25 to 100 billion euros annually, which could be used for other acquisition projects. Just through the grouping of defence acquisitions among members, about 30 % of costs could be saved. Slovakia urgently needs to replace its aging MiG-29 fighters as only few of them are currently fully operational. They can be possibly replaced by Swedish Jas-39 Gripen fighters, which are also used by the Czech Republic. Slovakia also plans to buy 81 wheeled armored personnel carriers, with possible candidates being the Slovak-Polish Scipio or Czecho-Slovak Corsac. The Czech Republic also intends to similarly replace their obsolete BVP infantry fighting vehicles, BAE Systems’ CV90 or Rheinmetall's Lynx are among the competitors. The tender should start in autumn 2017.

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