American ministry has already assigned contract for Slovak fighter jets

The company will gain about €725 million for producing the F-16.

F-16F-16(Source: Ján Krošlák, Sme)

The U.S. Department of Defence assigned a contract for USD 800 million for Slovak fighter jets F-16 to Lockheed Martin. The contract includes the production and support of 14 F-16 fighter jets for the Slovak armed forces, the SITA newswire reported.

Slovak fighter jets will be produced in Greenville in South Carolina, by January 31, 2024. Lockheed Martin will get about €725 million for the contract for Slovak army.

Questionable maintenance

Slovakia will pay more than €1.6 billion to the American side. This price also includes logistic support, training for pilots and ground staff in the U.S. and ammunition.

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The maintenance of the machines remains questionable. It is reportedly ensured only for the first two years, including repairs.

Out of the 14 fighter jets, 12 should have only one seat and the remaining two have seats as training machines. The first four jets will be delivered in 2022 and the remaining ten a year later.

The government decided on new fighter jets in July. The Defence Ministry was also considering the Swedish Jas-39 Gripen. Bigger operation possibilities decided in favour of F-16. In the U.S., 22 pilots and 160 ground staff professionals will be trained.

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