Total Renewal

A major fleet modernisation is under way in the Slovak Air Force, with new fighters, tactical transport aircraft and multirole helicopters. Krassimir Grozev and Alexander Mladenov report


Slovakia was the first country in Europe to get true Westernised MiG-29s sporting NATO-standard communication, navigation and IFF equipment, but the logistics support proved to be a serious challenge.
All photos Andrey Zinchuk unless stated

Slovakia is among the smallest NATO member countries to maintain its own air arm. It has adopted a pragmatic approach to squeezing out the maximum of its existing Russianmade platforms before beginning their replacement with Western aircraft, a process launched in 2014. This carefully planned replacement drive includes the procurement of new combat and transport aircraft and new assault transport helicopters which needs to take place at the right time and in the right numbers.

Force and missions

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