Slovakia provides Ukraine remaining 9 of 13 promised warplanes Lalrp


BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia has delivered the remaining 9 of the 13 Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter jets that it promised to Ukraine, the Slovak Protection Ministry mentioned on Monday.

The ministry mentioned the warplanes had been transported overland for safety causes in a “sophisticated logistics operation.” The primary 4 had been flown from Slovakia to Ukraine by Ukrainian pilots on March 23.

“We’re doing the suitable factor,” Protection Minister Jaroslav Nad mentioned in an announcement

On March 17, the Slovak authorities authorized a plan to give Ukraine its entire fleet of Soviet-era MiG-29 planes, changing into the second NATO member to reply Ukraine’s plea for warplanes to assist defend in opposition to Russia’s invasion.

Slovakia grounded its MiGs in the summertime resulting from a scarcity of spare elements and upkeep experience. Neighboring Poland and the Czech Republic, each NATO members, stepped in to watch Slovak air house.

Replacements for the MiG-29s are unlikely to reach for one more 12 months. Slovakia beforehand signed a deal to purchase 14 U.S. F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jets, however supply was pushed again two years with the primary plane to reach in early 2024.

The USA has provided Slovakia 12 new navy helicopters as compensation for the fighter jets given to Ukraine. Beneath the provide, Slovakia would pay $340 million for the Bell AH-1Z assault choppers in a deal price about $1 billion. U.S. international navy financing would cowl the opposite $660 million,

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