Slovakia Needs Tanks and Ammunition

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has shown the need to continue defence spending

9 December 2022

Slovakia is in a similar situation as many NATO members in Europe that have systematically underfunded defence spending. Eyes are now open in Bratislava and the procurement of new armaments is at hand, but whether or not this sentiment will hold after Russia’s aggression subsides is more difficult to predict.

The story of Slovak hard security is slightly bleak: The tanks that Slovakia has are either obsolete or non-functional. The Slovak Armed Forces currently do not have any combat helicopters at all.

Today, Czech and Polish fighter jets – combined with three Patriot missile system batteries provided by NATO allies – help protect the Slovak skies. However, these Patriots do not belong to Slovakia and our soldiers are not even trained to operate them.

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Nina Sobotovičová

Nina Sobotovičová has been working for the SME daily since 2015. Since September 2018, she has been a foreign policy reporter based in Brussels and covering Ukraine and Russian aggression. Her bachelor's thesis on an old media affair brought her to court, where she testified against Marian Kočner in a case in which he was eventually sentenced to 19 years in prison. She has also written two children's books.

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