THE HEAD of the Slovak Air Force, Jozef Dunaj, admitted that the Slovak
Army's MIG-29 jet fighters are not equipped with sufficient mechanisms to recognize the planes of NATO allies.
According to Dunaj, Slovakia has never considered deploying the fighter planes outside of Slovak territory. Defence Minister Juraj Liška confirmed that at the time that Slovakia entered NATO, the country requested that its MIG-29 fighters not be deployed outside Slovakia, the daily SME reported.
Liška summoned a press conference to deny speculations that Slovakia's jet planes could shoot down allied planes in case of a military conflict.
"I consider such information incompetent and harmful to Slovakia's credit," the defence minister said.
Liška is convinced that modernizing the Russian fighter planes presents the most cost effective solution to the problem. He denied that Slovakia is the only V4 country that still relies on the MiG-29 fighter plane.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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11. Oct 2005 at 13:39