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  • Slovakia Plans to Buy Training Aircraft
    Slovakia Plans to Buy Training Aircraft 31 October 2020
    Slovakia's Defence Ministry wants to buy new training aircraft for the air force. Slovakia, which has purchased 14 F-16 Block 70 fighter jets in 2019, will send pilots to the United States for training in the first phase. Slovakia then aims to provide training to its pilots on the planes it buys. The Slovakian Air Force's fleet already has six L-39 Albatross training aircraft, with operational life expected to expire within the next six years. The Ministry of Defen...
  • Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders
    Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders 22 March 2020
    The Pentagon has awarded Raytheon a $392.4 million modification contract to supply tactical missiles to the US military, Turkey, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other countries. The deal modifies an earlier contract, awarded in September 2018, for the repair of Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-9X Tactical and Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs). The governments of Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Morocco, the Ne...
  • Greece invites Turkey to Defence Exhibitions in Athens
    Greece invites Turkey to Defence Exhibitions in Athens 22 January 2020
    After more than ten years absence, Greece returns to international defence exhibitions, by the organisation of DEFEA-Defence Exhibition Athens. The organisation got in contact with Greek Defence ministry for the official invitation of Turkey, C4Defence learned. DEFEA will take place in Athens, from 22 to 24 June 2020 at the Metropolitan Expo. It is organised by ROTA SA and the Union of Greek Manufacturers of Defence Material (SEKPY). It is under the auspices of the Ministry of Natio...
  • NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability
    NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability 25 November 2019
      The first of five NATO RQ-4D Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) unmanned aircraft lands in Italy. The first of five NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft landed in Sigonella. AGS is being developed with significant contributions from 15 Allies - Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States. All Allies will have access to the data obtained by the AGS; The ...
  • EU Force Generating
    EU Force Generating 14 November 2019
    Europe is taking important steps to unite its strength in the defence industry. Collaboration on Permanent Structured Cooperation and defence is seen as the new step of the European Union (EU). ‘’When Europeans join forces, our impact is higher than we imagine’’ EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said PESCO helps EU Member States work closely in the field of security and defence. PESCO was established in December 2017 and aims to improve the defence capabilities...
  • Slovakia in Search of Training Aircraft
    Slovakia in Search of Training Aircraft 15 August 2019
    The Slovak aviation is looking for a new advanced training aircraft in view of the receipt of its 14 F-16 Block 70 fighter jets, which will be delivered in 2023.Slovak Air Force will begin its biggest transformation process throughout its aviation history. It will leave its aging Soviet Era aircraft and will fly with F-16s. This transformation however cause a gap in air force as there is no F-16 trained pilot. Under the purchase agreement, 22 Slovak pilots will be trained in F-16 Block 52 fig...
  • Incentive Contract for F-16 5 August 2019
      Lockheed Martin has been awarded an incentive contract for F-16 aircraft production for Slovak Air Force. The contract valued approximately $800 million to build a batch of 14 F-16 Block 70 aircraft jets, 12 single-seat and 2 two-seat models. Work will be performed at Greenville, South Carolina, and the first four jets are scheduled to be delivered by 2022, work is expected to be completed by 2024.  In December 2018, Slovakia signed a procure agreement worth US...
  • Historical Development of Air Vehicle Design Genetics (3) 16 March 2019
    Thousands of aircraft and trained pilots, suspended from duty in the aftermath of the Second World War, found a place in civil aviation, thus paving the way to a the rapidly burgeoning commercial cargo and passenger transportation sector. The Cold War itself set the stage for the development of an unprecedented aircraft industry, offering employment for tens of millions of people from both ideological camps. It is thanks to a fight for survival, in which all resources were mobilised...
  • F-16 Block 70 Agreement Signed
    F-16 Block 70 Agreement Signed 14 December 2018
    Lockheed Martin signed an agreement. With this, one more country become a F-16 Block 70/72 user. With a procurement agreement worth € 1.6 billion, Slovakia has finalized the purchase of F-16s. The agreement was signed at a ceremony attended by Slovak Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš and Lockheed Martin Vice President Ana Wugofski. Agreement covers a total of 14 aircraft, necessary equipment, logistic support and training activities for personnel. All of the platforms will b...
  • More 8x8 User to Europe
    More 8x8 User to Europe 24 October 2018
      Slovakia decided to purchase 8x8 armoured vehicles. The Ministry of Defence’s 8x8 Vydra decision was also approved by the Council of Ministers. The Ministry of Defence announced that the inter-departmental assessments would be completed in next week on the proposal. In the procurement process of vehicles with a customized version of the Finnish-based AMV vehicles for the needs of Slovakia, 16 companies which based in Slovakia will take place. In this way, dome...
  • Slovakia Overhauled Afgan Helicopter
    Slovakia Overhauled Afgan Helicopter 10 August 2018
    Slovakia-based Trenčín (LOTN) has completed the overhaul of Afghanistan's first Mi-17V-5 helicopter. The helicopter was overhauled under an agreement signed by the NSPA (NATO Supply and Procurement Agency) with the Slovakian Ministry of Defence in 2016. The first phase was completed with the delivery of first platforms to Afghanistan after the test flights. The second stage deliveries of the Afghan Air Force are scheduled to be completed in 2019. Another st...
  • Slovakia selects F-16 over Gripen
    Slovakia selects F-16 over Gripen 12 July 2018
    Slovakia has selected Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets over a competing bid from Saab's Gripen to replace its ageing MiG-29 fleet. Slovakia will buy 14 F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft. According to Reuters it would cost $1.3 billion for the 14 jets. Slovakia’s choice of the U.S. jet over its Swedish counterpart is notable in a regional context, as two of its closest neighbours ― Hungary and the Czech Republic ― operate the Gripen. Poland, however, operates the F-16.
  • New Kamikaze to Battlefield
    New Kamikaze to Battlefield 27 May 2018
    Slovakian Incoff Aerospace and Compel Industries introduce their newly developed lightweight loitering munition. The ammunition, called the Predator AX-1, was developed upon the request of the Slovak Defense Ministry. The Predator AX-1, made from carbon fiber material. It's foldable mid-wings mechanically opens after launching. Two electric motor driven system can use RPG-7's PG-7VM high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) or TB-7V thermobaric warhead. The sy...
  • Eva Displayed
    Eva Displayed 21 May 2018
    Slovakia based Konstrukta Defense has introduced an 8x8 version of a 155-millimeter 52-caliber howitzer. The vehicle is also known as the export version of the 6x6 Truck Mounted Gun (TMG / Truck Mounted Top). The joint production of 8x8 TMGis redesigned version of, Konstrukta Defense and Czechoslovak Group (CSG) companies the 6x6 TMG system which introduced in 2015 The vehicle, 11.5 meters long, is integrated on the Tatra T815-7 8x8.1R truck. The platform, which can b...
  • AMV, Closer to Slovakia
    AMV, Closer to Slovakia 20 May 2018
    During the 7th IDEB International Defense and Security Fair in Bratislava, statement made on Slovakia's 8x8 vehicle procurement program. According to the statement, negotiations continues between Patria and Slovakia, and agreement will sign in the coming days. The vehicles are planned to be equipped with a 30-millimeter turret developed by DMD. In May 2017, the Slovakian government approved a budget request of 1.2 billion Euros, which the Ministry of Defense reque...
  • Nurol Makina Exhibits Ejder Yalçın in Slovakia
    Nurol Makina Exhibits Ejder Yalçın in Slovakia 18 May 2018
    Ejder Yalçın, the 4x4 Armored Combat Vehicle, which promises the highest ballistic and mine protection in its class, will be showcased at IDEB International Defence Exhibition which will be held 16-18 May in Bratislava, Slovakia. In service of several armies in Africa, Middle East and Asia; Ejder Yalçın pursued export opportunities in Slovakia. FNSS and Nurol Makina, both are in Armored Vehicle business and having Nurol Corporate as shareholder, jointly conducts m...
  • NUROL Makina Press Release 18 May 2018
    Nurol Makina participates in IDEB 2018 being held in Slovakia. You may reach the relevant press release here. 
  • OTOKAR Press Release
    OTOKAR Press Release 16 May 2018
    Otokar, with exports to more than 30 countries in five continents, participates in the IDEB (International Defence Exhibition Bratislava) 2018 in Bratislava, Slovakia. You may reach the relevant press release here. 
  • Otokar to Exhibit COBRA II at IDEB 2018
    Otokar to Exhibit COBRA II at IDEB 2018 16 May 2018
    Otokar, with exports to more than 30 countries in five continents, will participate in the IDEB (International Defence Exhibition Bratislava) 2018 in Bratislava, Slovakia. In the exhibition, Otokar will promote COBRA II, with its high level of protection, spacious interior and superior mobility for potential users. Serdar Görgüç, General Manager of Otokar, said, “Otokar continues to invest in research, development and new technologies to provide fast and optim...
  • Greenlight for Slovakia's F-16 Block 70 Request
    Greenlight for Slovakia's F-16 Block 70 Request 6 April 2018
    Slovakia requested 14 F-16 Block 70/72 V configuration from the US under a Foreign Military Sales contract with an estimated cost of $2.91 billion. The Congress was notified of this possible sale on 3 April.  The country also requested up to 16 F-16 F110 General Electric or F100 Pratt & Whitney engines, 16 APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars, 16 LN260 EGI Embedded Global Positioning System Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) (MDE), 30 AIM-1...
  • China’s Europe Policy: “Divide and Rule”
    China’s Europe Policy: “Divide and Rule” 18 March 2018
    The time-honoured “divide and rule” policy of the West is reshaped today at the hands of the East to work against the West. China, which further deepens the pre-existing cracks in the European Union with its economic openings, moves slowly yet adeptly while expanding its geographical and diplomatic room for manoeuvre.  The Chinese Communist Party, which restricted presidents to two five-year terms, has just lifted this ban. Thus, the door for Xi Jinping to serve for...
  • Armoured Vehicle Delivery To Slovakia
    Armoured Vehicle Delivery To Slovakia 22 November 2017
    Slovakia has received a new version of the Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) XP, developed jointly with Finland. The Finnish company Patria made the announcement on 17 November. Patria's press release said the vehicles will first be tested in Slovakia, followed by winter testing in Finland. Slovakia plans to buy up to 81 vehicles in 2018-2024.
  • Modernization OutWeighs Acquisition
    Modernization OutWeighs Acquisition 21 September 2017
    Slovakia decided to postpone the planned fighter aircraft acquisition to proceed with upgrading its armed forces, according to the country's Defence Minister. The NATO member state has been in talks with several companies about replacing its aging Russian-made MiG-29s and was expected to make a decision by the end of this month. However, the Minister of Defence Peter Gajdos said this would be delayed, adding that they need to modernize the ground forces which were the backb...
  • US Greenlight to Slovakia for Bell Helos
    US Greenlight to Slovakia for Bell Helos 2 May 2017
    The US State Department has approved the potential sale to Slovakia of Bell 429 helicopters, announced by the Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 28 April. The proposed sale, valued at $150 million, covers nine 'uniquely modified' helicopters equipped with Wescam MX-10 cameras and related training and support. 
  • National Participation to Czechia
    National Participation to Czechia 19 January 2017
    Turkey is planning to realize national participation in international Defence and Security Technologies (IDET) exhibition which is to be held in Czechia, more commonly known as the Czech Republic. According to the information o...
  • Mysterious Customer for Carl-Gustaf M4
    Mysterious Customer for Carl-Gustaf M4 5 December 2016
    Swedish Saab has been awarded another export contract for the new version of its Carl-Gustaf multi-role weapon system. The details of the acquisition were not announced however, reportedly, the deliveries to the undisclosed customer were scheduled in 2017. Carl-Gustaf M4 has improved features such as lowered weight and ergonomics, and has an open design to comply with intelligent sighting systems and programmable ammunition. Unveiled in late 2014, Carl-Gustaf M4&...
  • T-72 MBT Upgraded
    T-72 MBT Upgraded 8 September 2016
    Bumar Labedy and OBRUM unveiled a modernisation package for the T-72/PT-91 main battle tank (MBT) at the MSPO defence exhibition held in Poland on 6-9 September. Designating the new version as T-72/PT16, the companies have sought to overcome the main weaknesses of the T-72 MBT family. The T-72/PT-91 has a low power-to-weight ratio, while the asymmetric location of the main gun recoil mechanism negatively affects accuracy. The PT-16, however, has a 1,000-1,200 HP engine, replacing that of the ...
  • Kerametal unveils its new Aligator Master II 4x4 19 May 2016
    Slovakia’s Defence Company Kerametal has unveiled the third generation of its 4x4 armoured vehicle Aligator. New vehicle is called Aligator Master II. The Aligator first generation is in service with the Slovak army since 2005. The New Aligator is one meter longer to increase the number of soldiers which can be carried by the vehicle. It can accommodate a total of nine to ten military personnel. The Aligator Master II has a total weight of 3,200 kg with a maximum payload of 75...
  • Czechs and Hungarians to set Joint Gripen Squadron 26 March 2016
    The Czech Government is considering setting up a joint air squadron with Hungary that would comprise Saab JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets. Aircrafts will be operated by the two countries’ air forces, local news agency CTK reported. Czech Air Forces operate 14 Gripens, and the country’s government had been planning to establish a joint squadron with neighbouring Slovakia. However, Bratislava postpone its planned lease of the Gripen fighters. Prague pays some US $54 million annually to operat...
  • NATO’s Ground Surveillance Aircraft gets ready for operations 30 December 2015
    NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency (NAGSMA) members and Northrop Grumman Corporation witnessed NATO’s first Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft executing range of test points before landing at Edwards Air Force Base.  The test flight marks the start of six months of ground and airborne testing at Edwards before the aircraft is sent to its new home in Sigonella, Italy. NATO AGS is a derivative of the wide-area surveillance Global Hawk, with...