P. Gajdoš: The process of procuring 8×8 and 4×4 vehicles is transparent

While making sure that the process of procuring 8×8 and 4×4 vehicle platforms is transparent to a maximum extent, the MOD leaders aim to select the best solution for the SVK Armed Forces on the basis of their operational requirements. In doing so, we wish to keep the domestic defence industry involved in their manufacture as much as possible, so that we can follow through on another deliverable as set out in the SVK Government Manifesto Commitments. The implementation of the project has been in progress in line with the Long-Term Defence Development Plan with Emphasis on Building and Developing the SVK Armed Forces with an Outlook to 2030. This information was presented by Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš during a press conference on 10 November.
 
“The document on which the SVK Security Council opened a discussion on Wednesday is highly specialist and analytical. It is not that the document would be poorly compiled or that the Council members would disagree with it. They just asked for more time to go over it,” explained the Minister, adding that the document has already passed through interdepartmental consultations. “The document is not restricted because we are trying to keep something secret intentionally. But because it contains precisely defined operational requirements of the armed forces, which cannot be made public, emphasised the Minister.
 
On the vehicle platforms, General Secretary of the Service Office (MOD) / Chairman of the Commission and Coordinator for Drafting, Assessment and Implementation of the MOD's Strategic Documents Ján Hoľko reminded that the proposed solution is directed towards the research & development (R&D) of our own 8×8 and 4×4 vehicle platforms. “And the outcome will be vehicles with the resulting 100 per cent ownership by the Slovak Republic and, besides entering service with the SVK Armed Forces, it will be possible to sell them. This means giving more jobs to Slovak citizens and keeping the money from the sales of the vehicles in Slovakia, he said. He went on to explain that no contract has been signed so far. Only a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation and the follow-up Technical Agreement have been signed with the Finnish side. “We have already asked for it to be declassified, because our aim is not to keep it secret,” he emphasised.
 
Support to R&D is in the portfolio of the SVK MOD and funding for this purpose is allocated from the defence budget. At the same time, this is one of the activities the MOD will have to be actively engaged in as part of the EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).
 
According to a Government-approved document of May 2017, the overall costs of the 8x8 vehicle procurement programme should not exceed €417 million. The procurement will be implemented from 2018 through to 2024. In the case of the 4x4 vehicles, the maximum overall costs are set at €782.7 million and the vehicles will come into service from 2019 through to 2029. Both vehicle programmes will receive funding from the SVK MOD budget.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - Ivan Kelement - Date: 10.11.2017
Rating:
Views: 7021


Jump to main menu


Jump to main menu