Slovakia is seriously considering an offer proposed by the US government to procure nine Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the US via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.
Slovakia is seeking to replace its fleet of Russian-made Mi-17 'Hip' medium transport helicopters because of the cost of their maintenance and to reduce dependence on supplies of spare parts from Russia.
In September the MoD announced plans to procure two Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft. The MoD is now looking to retire its MiG-29 'Fulcrum' fighters and Mi-17 helicopters, and replace them with Western aircraft. janes