Slovakia, a NATO member bordering Ukraine, will buy 152 Swedish armored vehicles worth a total of 1.6 billion euros, Defense Minister Jaroslav Nant announced today.
“The government has approved a historic plan for the armed forces,” the minister said on his official Facebook page. “We will increase Slovakia’s defense capabilities and fulfill our commitments to NATO by setting up a motorized brigade,” he added.
Slovakia was considering bids from Hungary, Sweden, Spain and Poland. In the end, the contract was won by the Swedish group BAE Systems Hagglunds with the CV90 tracked tanks. It has not been clarified when their delivery will begin.
In 2018, Slovakia had signed a contract for the purchase of 14 F-16 fighter jets, which will begin delivery in 2024.
In addition, the government today approved the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, giving the green light to President Zuzana Tsaputova to sign the respective protocols.