The first of two Spartan C-27J military cargo aircraft for the Armed Forces has already arrived in Slovakia. It landed at the airbase in Kuchyňa, Záhorie region, on October 24.
Technical documents will be passed to the military facility in Kuchyňa over the following days, with the official handover ceremony scheduled for October 31, the SITA newswire reported.
Originally, the aircraft was to be delivered last year. The Defence Ministry will inform about a possible penalty for late delivery only once the talks are completed, said its spokesperson Danka Capáková.
“As for the modernisation of our Armed Forces, this is another historical milestone,” Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš said, as quoted by SITA, adding that the armed forces have not had such transport capacity since the last AN-26 aircraft was phased out. “I’d like to emphasise that it will not only serve the Armed Forces but it is also ready for national crisis management, helping all citizens of the Slovak Republic.”