The final decision on whether Gripens will protect Slovak airspace or not the ministry representatives leave to their successors after the March 2016 parliament elections, according to Defence Ministry spokesperson Martina Balleková.
Defence Minister Martin Glváč envisaged the beginning of the negotiations back in late January. Later he admitted that the negotiation process is longer than he expected particularly due to rental price discussions.
The Slovak Armed Forces currently have Mig-29 jet fighters at their disposal, the contract for which will expire in 2016. According to Glváč, Slovakia cannot afford to purchase new fighter jets. The Czech Republic is also renting Gripen aircrafts from Sweden.
30. Dec 2015 at 14:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff