Minister Gajdoš briefs members of the Parliamentary Defence and Security Committee on the procurement of combat vehicles

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Minister Gajdoš today briefed MPs from the Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Security on the SVK Armed Forces' most extensive modernisation project – the procurement of the military 8x8 and 4x4 vehicle fleets. He did so at the earliest session of the Committee following the Government's meeting where he received the mandate to go ahead with the procurement procedure for the combat vehicles.
 
The overall costs of the 8x8 vehicle procurement programme should not exceed €417 million, with the estimated price of 1 vehicle amounting up to €4 million with VAT. 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, with the estimated price of 1 vehicle ranging from €1.2 million to €3.5 million with VAT, depending on each platform variant. The development of the 4x4 vehicles is expected to be completed in 2018 and the vehicles will come into service from 2019 through to 2029. Both vehicle programmes will receive funding from the MOD budget and, most importantly, they will involve Slovak defence producers in the entire process to the maximum extent possible.
 
The SVK MOD insists that the procurement process has been transparent. For this reason, last week the MOD released a communiqué based on the procurement document, an assessment of which was made by the Value for Money Unit, of the SVK Ministry of Finance.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - ilustračné - Date: 21.11.2017
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