Small but proud Slovakia continues to surprise. The country seems to be planning to give almost all of its military equipment to Ukraine.
The Slovakian army has only 18,500 people, in terms of armament, Slovakia has only 30 T-72MB tanks and 350 IFVs and armed personnel carriers of various types, most of which are still Soviet BMP-1 and BMP-2. The Air Force has only 19 aircraft, of which only 11 are combat MiG-29s, and about 40 helicopters, some of which are in storage.
But, despite such small forces, Slovakia has already provided Ukraine with 8 155-mm self-propelled guns ZUZANA 2, that is, half of what they have and all S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems they had. And that’s not everything!
It has become known that in mid-June, Slovakia transported at least five helicopters to Ukraine – four Mi-17 and one Mi-2, another Mi-17 with Israeli-made onboard equipment is awaiting permission from the Israeli government.
More than that. Prime Minister of Slovakia Eduard Heger on Czech TV said that Slovakia is planning new arms transfers. These are MiG-29 fighters and tanks.
And judging by the fact that the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Petr Fiala, who also took part in that broadcast, said that from September 2022 the Czech Republic will help Slovakia protect the airspace, we are talking about all 11 MiG-29 fighters that are in Slovakia.
The fact is that Slovakia has already ordered F-16 fighters, which are supposed to replace the MiG-29, but their delivery is planned only in a year. Therefore, at this time, the country will need the help of its neighbors to protect its skies. A noble gesture, Slovakia, we will remember it!
As for tanks, let me remind you that Slovakia has only 30 of them, that is, any transfer of equipment to Ukraine will affect the country’s defense capabilities.
Prime Minister Eduard Heger did not disclose either the terms or details of the delivery. “I don’t want to talk about it in detail, because Ukraine also asked us not to go into details,” he said.
“We have all the reasons to believe that Ukraine will win this war,” added the prime minister of Slovakia.