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Slovakia to retain fighter aircraft but tanks will be scrapped

Slovakia will keep its supersonic air force in the years to come and will also adhere to its commitments to international missions, Defence Ministry spokesman Ivan Rudolf told the TASR newswire on July 13 after the adoption of a resolution by Slovakia's Security Council late on July 12.

Slovakia will keep its supersonic air force in the years to come and will also adhere to its commitments to international missions, Defence Ministry spokesman Ivan Rudolf told the TASR newswire on July 13 after the adoption of a resolution by Slovakia's Security Council late on July 12.

From three models coming from the country’s Strategic Evaluation of Defence proposed by the Defence Ministry, the council members decided on a blend of the first two variants, meaning that the drastic cuts in expenditures by the ministry since 2009 will be halted. But the ministry's budget will not be gradually increased as the Defence Ministry had hoped.

The number of members of the armed forces will be re-evaluated but the spokesman said it is unclear at this time how many soldiers will be affected. The tank units will definitely be scrapped, Rudolf said, adding that although Slovakia will keep its fighter aircraft, joint protection of the airspace of several countries has not been ruled out for the future.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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