Slovakia will purchase 17 pieces of medium, small and short-range 3D radars to protect airspace from Israel. The proposal for the replacement of the radar technology of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic was approved by the government on Wednesday, confirmed by the Minister of Defense Jaroslav Naď (OĽANO). The contract is to be concluded by the Minister of Defense after negotiations and approval of the financial part by the Ministry of Finance by 31 March 2021. Radars should cost 148.2 million euros.
“It is the most advantageous offer in terms of finance and at the same time meets all technical requirements and parameters set by the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic,” Naď assessed the Israeli offer. He added that the radars are compatible with NATO systems. He also pointed out that the final price was lower than the estimated value of the contract of EUR 155 million. It also decreased by five million euros compared to the offer of the Israeli government to the previous government. “Up to 35 percent of this amount will remain in the Slovak defense industry,” he stressed.
The purchased radars will replace 24 pieces of radars, of which since 2016 the vast majority are over time. “We have serious problems,” the minister admitted. As he approached, six radars were decommissioned and the remaining 18 are 17 after the end of technical life, the last ending this year. There are also problems with spare parts.
National Armaments Director Jozef Zekucia explained that the radars should be supplied gradually. The first, medium and small range, should arrive in 2022 to 2025, short-range radars should arrive in 2022 to 2026. He noted that only the Israeli offer did not exceed the set financial limit of the contract.
By procuring 17 pieces of mobile 3D radars of medium, small and close range, the Ministry of Defense will provide a continuous radar survey of air traffic control, a constant overview of the situation within the airspace of the Slovak Republic and NATO’s integrated air and missile defense. At the same time, the protection of the Schengen border is to be significantly strengthened.
In the event that no agreement is reached by the end of March, the Ministry of Defense will negotiate with the Government of the United Kingdom and subsequently, where appropriate, with the Government of the French Republic.
The previous management of the department has started procuring radars. The current Minister of Defense has decided to adjust the competition for issues related to the transparency of the process.
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