Military news from Slovakia

SNS orders new, allegedly unnecessary, howitzers

The Defence Ministry intends to pay €172 million for 25 new howitzers. Observers question the plan.Compiled by Spectator staff, 7. Jan 2019, at 13:11

Zuzana howitzer

Government has approved the purchase of F-16 jets

Fighter jets worth €1.6 billion are to be delivered by 2023.Compiled by Spectator staff, 12. Dec 2018, at 22:43

F-16 supersonic multirole fighter aircraft

The ministry reportedly signed a contract to purchase F16s but later corrected the statement

Whatever contract was signed, it can be shredded, PM Peter Pellegrini said.Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Dec 2018, at 22:09

F-16 fighter jets

Slovak soldiers to take part in NATO’s largest military exercise

Some selected Slovak soldiers are set to participate in the exercise to take place by the turn of October in Scandinavia and Italy.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Oct 2018, at 13:20

International military exercise at the Slovak Lešť centre, September 2018.

US Congress approves grant of $50 million for Slovakia

The condition is, however, that Slovakia uses the resources to buy army equipment from the USA.Compiled by Spectator staff, 8. Oct 2018, at 14:12

Black Hawk helicopter

Russia complicates Slovak helicopter repair contract with Afghanistan

Criticism of the general repairs carried out by a Slovak company could be an attempt to sour the deal.Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. Sep 2018, at 6:24

One of the three Mi-17 helicopters arrived in Trenčín in November 2016.

American tank crashed in Lešť, three soldiers injured

Two of them taken to hospital by helicopter.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Sep 2018, at 13:53

American tanks Abrams

The biggest military exercise takes place in Lešť

Almost 1,500 Slovak soldiers and members of foreign Armed Forces are participating.Compiled by Spectator staff, 18. Sep 2018, at 13:57

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The first Slovak F-16 will first remain in the US

The final agreement with Slovakia might be signed until the end of this year, head of Lockheed Marin said in an interview.Compiled by Spectator staff, 6. Sep 2018, at 14:04

F-16 fighter plane, Lockheed Martin

Slovakia widens competencies of Slovak soldiers in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The decision was adopted during the non-formal meeting of Defence Ministries.Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Aug 2018, at 0:18

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Cabinet approved purchase of 14 US F-16s

Opposition MPs suggest the fighter jets were not purchased in a transparent manner.Compiled by Spectator staff, 11. Jul 2018, at 22:40

US F-16 fighter plane, of which 14 will be bought by the Slovak government.

Team of US military experts to arrive in Slovakia

A small American team will come to Slovakia on July 1 and stay for 18 months to train and consult local armed forces.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Jun 2018, at 20:48

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State will invest in new howitzers

The planned purchase worth €175 million is the first replacement of non-Soviet technology.Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. May 2018, at 12:37

Zuzana howitzer

General Macko: the Defence Minister has been tamed by the SNS

An air of frustration pervades the Slovak army says the prominent general who is leaving in protest.By Peter Kováč23. May 2018, at 19:01

Pavel Macko

SNS and Most-Híd clash over transporters

I thought the SNS would be more professional and fair at the Defence Ministry, said State Secretary Róbert Ondrejcsák.Michaela Terenzani, 16. May 2018, at 16:48

Róbert Ondrejcsák

Training of active reservists takes place for the first time

Interest in this project is much lower than the Defence Ministry originally expected.Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. May 2018, at 6:09

Documents from Finland prove Defence Ministry made secret military trade deals

Finnish investigative reporter sees similarities between the Slovak-Finnish deal and a Finnish-Slovene corruption scandal.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. May 2018, at 16:46

Patria AMV

SNS earned criticism for the chief of general staff nomination

The coalition partner, SNS, surprise not just with a dubious arms purchases but with how it nominates crucial army officials – most recently Daniel Zmeko.Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Apr 2018, at 14:51

Daniel Zmeko

Slovakia to send soldiers to Latvia

The presence of Slovak troops will cost Slovakia around €10 million.Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Apr 2018, at 14:02

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New Spartan plane becomes a subject to warranty claim

The army used the plane for six months only.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Apr 2018, at 21:18