Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

2017 heralds arrival of two Black Hawk helicopters to Slovakia

American military helicopters are to replace aging Russian Mi-17 machines.

Sikorsky Black Hawk military helicopter cares for security. (Source: AP/SITA)

The first two multipurpose UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, for which production was launched in the USA for the Slovak Armed Forces in the middle of 2016, should arrive in Slovakia during the course of this year, Defence Ministry spokesperson Danka Capáková told the TASR newswire.

The largest contract in the history of the modernisation of the Slovak Armed Forces, carried out via the US Government's FMS programme, was signed by the former management of the ministry.

Read also: Read also:Purchase of US Black Hawk helicopters by Slovak army approved

The new American helicopters are set to replace the current Russian Mi-17 machines, which are close to the end of their lifespans. Slovakia is set to acquire nine Black Hawks in total for $261 million (€247.6 million).

Personnel are currently undergoing training for the new helicopters.

"The necessary training for aviation and security personnel is already is in progress, as this isn't a short-term or one-off activity," Capáková said as quoted by TASR

Top stories

Legitimising fake news

One of Slovakia’s media schools has invited a well-known conspiracy theorist to an academic conference. What does this say about the state of the Slovak media?

Tibor Rostas

Suicide game does not exist and visa-free regime for Ukrainians is not a lie

The Slovak Spectator brings you a selection of hoaxes from the past two weeks.

There is no computer game that makes people commit suicides.

It’s not easy being an ‘alien’ in Slovakia

Are Slovaks scared of foreigners? The stories of those who are trying to make their homes here suggest that ignorance and bureaucratic inertia, rather than fear, cause more problems.

Dealing with state offices may be difficult and time-demanding.

President Kiska uses train for first time Photo

After criticism from coalition MPs for flying and a troublesome car trip, Slovak President Kiska to commute to Bratislava by international train, boarding it in his hometown of Poprad.

President Kiska gets off the IC train in Bratislava.