Slovakia still isn't ready to host NATO battle groups permanently

But the country will need a long-term NATO presence, a security expert claims.

Retired general and security expert Pavel Macko. (Source: Sme)

With Russia’s continuing appetite for aggression, Slovakia is being forced to confront the urgent need to modernise its small army.

In 2017, the country started replacing its old Russian helicopters with nine US-manufactured Black Hawk helicopters, and a year later ordered fourteen F-16 fighters. The first jets were supposed to arrive this year, but delivery has been delayed until 2024. In the meantime, the Defence Ministry is preparing to sign a contract with Finland for the purchase of 76 wheeled armoured vehicles, and the government will soon approve another agreement, for the purchase of 152 tracked combat vehicles from Sweden.

The rest of this article is premium content at
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on and
SkryťClose ad