Slovak Air Force
The first of 14 F-16C/D Block 70 Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters for Slovakia completed its maiden flight from Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Greenville, South Carolina, at approximately 0930hrs (local time) on September 29
The first F-16C Block 70 for the Slovak Air Force (SAF) had a ceremonial roll out at Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Greenville, on September 6 2023. The aircraft, serial 1001 (FMS 20-4001, c/n EY-01), was shown to Slovak Defence Minister Martin Sklenár and a senior Slovakian MoD delegation. It is expected to begin flight tests this November.
On March 23, the first four of the 13 recently retired from active service from the Slovak Air Force have been transferred to Ukraine
In a significant move to support Kyiv’s ongoing battle against invading Russian forces, Poland and Slovakia have pledged to donate their Soviet-era Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters to Ukraine in the coming days
Having recently bid farewell to its iconic fleet of MiG-29AS/UBS Fulcrum fighters after more than 30 years of operational service, Slovakia is now discussing how best to use the 11 decommissioned aircraft with its allies and a move to transfer them to Ukraine is definitely on the table
The Slovak Air Force is looking for a new advanced jet trainer to replace the obsolete aero L-39CM/ZM Albatros. The delivery of 14 new F-16C/D Block 70s, starting in mid-2023 has made it a top priority, with Leonardo and Aero Vodochody offering solutions
Rohde & Schwarz will provide the AN/ARC-238 software defined radio for Slovak Air Force F-16 Block 70 aircraft due to be delivered in the coming years.