Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

US offers Slovakia Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters

THE US has offered to broker the sale of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopters to Slovakia via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) fund. Defence Minister Martin Glváč plans to inform the Security Council, Government and the Parliamentary Defence Committee about the offer by the end of January, he told the press on January 12.

THE US has offered to broker the sale of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopters to Slovakia via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) fund. Defence Minister Martin Glváč plans to inform the Security Council, Government and the Parliamentary Defence Committee about the offer by the end of January, he told the press on January 12.

“There’s an offer to purchase Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters according to requirements we’ve arrived at based on a feasibility study, the planned development of Air Force and past bilateral talks attended by experts from both countries,” Glváč said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “If purchased via the US Fund accepted in the EU, the deal would guarantee a lower price than the manufacturer would otherwise give to any other client.”

Glváč underlined that it is only an offer at this stage, with other options still on the table. New helicopters are needed to replace Soviet Mi-17s. The replacement is slated to occur within six years, with nine new machines due to be purchased in the first phase and the rest to be purchased and delivered gradually. The price for the first batch of helicopters – including training and maintenance – should not exceed €300 million.

According to Chief of the General Staff Milan Maxim, such procurement would make the Slovak army interoperable with NATO allies and enjoy lower operational costs.

“It is specifically this type of helicopter that would be fully suitable for tasks we need them for,” said Maxim, as quoted by TASR.

FMS represents a US programme, automatically available to each NATO member, via which the American Government provides procurement of military hardware and equipment to other countries.

“This allows Slovakia and other countries to buy military hardware under the same conditions enjoyed by our armed forces,” said US Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick, as quoted by TASR. “Seeing as we buy large amounts, we’re receiving large discounts.”

Source: TASR

Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Long-neglected Renaissance house in Bratislava’s centre reveals its secrets Photo

The National Trust is bringing the historical Rómer’s house back to life.

Renaissance Rómer’s house in the Bratislava's Old Town

Slovak healthcare needs thousands of medical workers

Slovak doctors, nurses and midwives are not hesitating in finding better work conditions abroad.

Illustrative Stock Photo

RE-inventing modern theatre Photo

This year's international theatre festival REvolves around the prefix “re”, playing with its meanings and connotations, while also commemorating the years in (Czecho-)Slovak history ending with 8.

TR Warsaw: My Struggle

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between September 21 and September 30, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Kapitulská