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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 claimPhoto

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

US may contribute to modernising Slovak airbases

The aid is not an attempt to build any US base in Slovakia, the Defence Ministry stressed.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Apr 2018, at 13:38

The airport in Sliač; illustrative stock photo

Bratislava will soon get a new landmark – a lookout tower on the former military rocket basePhoto

The lookout tower on Devínska Kobyla will resemble an insect.Compiled by Spectator staff, 6. Apr 2018, at 0:17

Visualisation of the tower on Devínska Kobyla

US Congress will deal with F-16 purchase offer

However, it does not automatically mean that the Slovak Defence Ministry will purchase the aircraft from the Americans.Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Apr 2018, at 21:38

F-16 supersonic multi-role fighter aircraft

A Slovak soldier dies in Bosnia

His health declined quickly, and he later died in a hospital.Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. Feb 2018, at 20:24

Minister Gajdoš defends state of military procurement at special parliamentary session

The fact that the extraordinary session concerning the delayed modernisation of the Slovak military even took place implies dissatisfaction and disagreements in the ruling coalition.Compiled by Spectator staff, 12. Feb 2018, at 13:24

Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš (L) during the heated debate on military modernisation February 9.

Defence Minister cancels radar purchase

The tender launched under former defence minister Martin Glváč will be cancelled, allegedly due to procrastination.Compiled by Spectator staff, 5. Feb 2018, at 13:22

Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš

Slovakia saved money on late Spartan aircraftPhoto

The Defence Ministry received a discount because of late delivery in the end of December and has already returned part of it to the state budget.Compiled by Spectator staff, 2. Jan 2018, at 21:39

Comprehensive stock-taking finds missing ammunition and grenades

Weapons should be guarded by professionals but new security measures are only being implemented gradually.Compiled by Spectator staff, 11. Dec 2017, at 13:33

Ammunition, illustrative stock photo

The army showcases the vehicles it plans to buyVideo

They were similar to the Finnish originals, observer pointed out.Compiled by Spectator staff, 7. Dec 2017, at 12:19

Military training centre in Lešť gets new facilities

€620,000 has been spent on the military training centre this year.Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Nov 2017, at 21:47

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