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Defence Ministry plans purchase of transport planes

The Defence Ministry wants to purchase transport planes for the Slovak armed forces. The ministry plans to buy between two and six transport planes for Sk2.5 billion to Sk7.5 billion. The payments should be spread over several years, since the Defence Ministry cannot obtain all the funding from its own budget.

The Defence Ministry wants to purchase transport planes for the Slovak armed forces. The ministry plans to buy between two and six transport planes for Sk2.5 billion to Sk7.5 billion. The payments should be spread over several years, since the Defence Ministry cannot obtain all the funding from its own budget.

The companies that have shown interest in supplying their planes to the Slovak Army include the US company Lockheed Martin with its C-130, the Spanish CASA-EADS with Casa C-295, and Italian Alenia Aeronautica with C-27 Spartan. All three companies declared their willingness to accept the payments over a period of 10 years, and they can also offer offsets programs. There were significant differences between the bids of the companies in the deadline of delivery of planes, which the Defence Ministry did not specify. In general, the first plane is expected to be delivered within 18 months from the signing of the contract. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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