P. Gajdoš: Black Hawks will soon be equipped with armament

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The SVK Air Force UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters will soon be equipped with armament in order to be capable of undertaking all types of missions. This announcement was made today (16 September) by Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš speaking In Politics, a political debate on the TA3 TV news channel. “An amendment to the Contract has been signed and the helicopters will soon be armed with machine guns and additional equipment,” he said. On new additions, he noted that the 2030 Long-Term Defence Development Plan, which reflects soldiersʼrealistic requirements and the current economic indicators, is driving modernization across Defence.
 
Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš said: “In any case, our aim is to make sure that the domestic defence industry participates in our modernization programmes to the maximum extent possible. Of course, when it comes to the purchase of F-16s, and though this is not about production, intense negotiations on service support have been underway between the manufacturer and the state-owned Aircraft Repair Company (LOTN) Trenčín. I appreciate that SNS Party Leader Andrej Danko has been supportive to us in our efforts to revive armaments production in Slovakia.” He added that up to 800 new jobs could be created.
 
On the 8x8 IFV programme, Head of the MOD spoke of the 8x8 IFV document he would submit to the Security Council and the Cabinet, one which would contain, among others, a breakdown of the price and a list of potential Slovak companies that could participate in the defence project. Specific companies will then be selected in compliance with the Public Procurement Act. “At this point I would like to remind that it is our utmost duty to ensure our own defence, but we also need to deliver on our international commitments,” he said.
 
Also discussed on TA3 were the measures taken by the MOD against the Slovak Recruits organization. The MOD had filed a complaint against the organization with the Prosecutor General’s Office. “According to legislation, the Armed Forces are responsible for the defence of the Slovak Republic and no self-proclaimed militant organizations can do so,” he stressed.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - ilustračné - Date: 16.09.2018
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