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Slovakia launches new fighter procurement study

07 February 2018

The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 February that it would undertake a study to examine the feasibility of bids submitted by the Swedish and US governments, both of which are offering new fighter aircraft to replace obsolete Russian-made MiG-29s currently in service with the Slovak armed forces.

The MoD said it would submit the results of the detailed feasibility of procurement study to the Slovak coalition government by 29 June for the Saab JAS 39 Gripen and the Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72.

“Only two types of aircraft – the US F-16 and the Swedish JAS 39 Gripen – are now being considered for purchase,” Slovak MoD spokesperson Danka Capakova told Jane’s on 7 February, adding that the MoD is not considering the option of procuring new MiG-29 fighters from Russia.

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