I'm not sure Germany is doing Slovakia a favour. The A4 is pretty obsolete now.
The intention of Slovakian army will be probably the same as in our case when we've got similar deal with Germany. Getting several older Leopards for training purposes and later on buying a new ones (Leopard 2A7's). Can imagine part of them being later, once the new ones come, modified into supporting vehicles, ARV's, bridge layers, etc., or moved, after some modifications, into reserve forces.
The magistrates of the Ploiesti Court of Appeal showed how the Romanian Army was cheated with three ships filled with bad quality kerosene and how several MIGs broke down after being fueled with this type of fuel. The DIICOT prosecutors established that national security was endangered, and our country would have been put, temporarily, in a situation where it could no longer fulfill its duties towards NATO.

In order to maintain the seizure of a woman's property, the judges of the Ploiești Court of Appeal explained the entire mechanism of a business through which the Ministry of National Defense (MApN) was damaged by over 6.5 million euros, and several fighter jets were they broke down and needed repairs at Aerostar Bacău.

Concretely, the judges say, on February 27, 2018, SC Jetfly Hub, led by businessman Cristian Berendel, concluded with MApN, for a period of four years, a framework agreement through which the company was to supply aviation turbojet fuel for eight military units.

By contract, it was agreed to deliver two types of kerosene, namely Jet Al and Jet Al Premium. According to the specifications, the difference between the two types of fuels was represented by the levels imposed on three parameters. It is about the freezing point, the concentration of aromatic hydrocarbons and the concentration of mercaptan sulfur. At the same time, both types of fuel had to contain two mandatory additives, respectively antioxidant additive and antistatic additive.

According to the investigators, in order to gain the confidence of the Army, the first transport was according to the contract and was brought to the Port of Constanța by the ship Evia Petrol. What the MApN representatives did not know, however, was that a Greek ship loaded with cheap, poor-quality kerosene had docked in the same port, long before, since October 2017.

As a result, after the first shipment was delivered, the businessmen allegedly continued to send kerosene from this second vessel to the MApN tanks. Then, according to the investigators, two other ships brought into the country kerosene processed in Greece and Turkey, not in accordance with the one paid for by the Romanian Army.

"The existing non-conformities, found regarding the technical specifications of the fuels from the three vessels, led to the damage of some MIG 21 Lancer type aircraft, which ended up in the custody of SC Aerostar SA Bacău, the specialized unit in Romania responsible for the repair and the service of military aircraft", the document drawn up by the judges states.
More: https://www.gandul.ro/actualitate/e...ulte-avioane-mig-21-au-fost-avariate-19850821
October 12, 2022 – Fincantieri today signed, at the Italian Embassy in Athens, a number of memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a selection of potential new suppliers in the context of the high-profile process pursued by the Hellenic Minister of National Defence for the construction of four corvettes and the provision of Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) and In Service Support (ISS).

Fincantieri has among its clients several foreign navies and it is partner with some of the main European defense companies within supranational programs. The purpose of these MoUs is to set the basis for defining possible business relationships for specific supplies. Indeed, the Group, who can rely on a wide selection of trusted suppliers and subcontractors, is continuously looking at enlarging and reinforcing its supplier’s panel and will establish a supply chain dedicated to naval activities within the development of these segments set out by Greece.

Fincantieri has carried out scouting activities in Greece in order to identify suppliers to start potential collaborations with reference to the existent Greek program or any new naval vessels program, with the main goal of strengthen the Group’s cooperation with Hellenic companies.
Bulgaria’s caretaker government said Thursday it has approved the purchase of a second batch of eight new F-16 fighter jets needed to bring its air force in line with NATO standards.

The decision still needs parliamentary approval, but the Cabinet authorized Bulgaria's defence minister to sign the contracts with American aerospace company Lockheed Martin once the expected approval is granted, the government said.

Bulgaria wants to buy four F-16 C Block 70 aircraft and four F-16 D Block 70 aircraft, plus associated munitions and equipment.

It would be the second batch acquired by Bulgaria, which contracted to buy eight multi-role F-16 Block 70 aircraft in July 2019 for $1.3 billion. Plans initially called for the first planes to arrive in Bulgaria in 2023 and the last ones in 2024, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed delivery until 2025.

Bulgaria has ever since sought to update its military's air fleet since the country joined NATO in 2004, but financial problems forced repeated postponements. The country now has a fleet of aging Russian-made MiG-29s fighter jets.

Amid Russia's ongoing war on Ukraine, Bulgaria is relying on assistance from other NATO countries to fulfill its air policing obligations as an alliance member.

Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry said Spain would deploy eight Eurofighter Typhoon jets and up to 200 military personnel to assist the Bulgarian air force next month.
The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) has signed a contract with Romania for the sale of 32 Norwegian F-16 aircraft.

Following the RFI answer received in 2020, Romania has since 2021 expressed interest in acquiring the former Norwegian Air Force aircraft as part of an effort to strengthen the capabilities of the Romanian Air Force. The final agreement was signed 4. November following months of negotiations and includes 32 aircraft along with spare parts and support equipment, as well as maintenance and technical training services.

«The agreement signed by the NDMA will help strengthen the air power of one of our allies, at the same time as it will generate revenues for both Norwegian industry and the Norwegian state,” said Norwegian Minister of Defence, Bjørn Arild Gram.

«I am very pleased that we have been able to finalize this agreement, which is Norway’s largest ever sale of government owned military equipment. Norwegian F-16s have been among the best maintained of their kind, with high technical standards throughout. I congratulate the negotiation teams of both countries for their efforts. Through this agreement, our F-16s will continue to serve one of our NATO-allies for several years to come,” said Ms. Gro Jære, Director General of the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency.

Includes services by Norwegian industry
Under the contract all aircraft will undergo necessary maintenance and aircraft modification to M6.5.2 Romanian configuration with US support prior to delivery, currently scheduled for 2023-24. This work will be conducted by Norwegian industry, which also will provide training and other logistical services that will support the long-term availability of the aircraft.

According to its own information, the armaments group Rheinmetall is delivering 15 Leopard 2 A4 battle tanks to Slovakia as part of a ring exchange commissioned by the federal government . The Slovakian armed forces, for their part, are handing over military equipment to Ukraine , as Rheinmetall announced in Düsseldorf on Wednesday.

A corresponding agreement was reached in Brussels on Tuesday between representatives of Germany, Slovakia and Rheinmetall. A corresponding declaration of intent had already been signed on August 23. A statement at the time spoke of armoured personnel carriers that were to go to Ukraine.

The first Leopard vehicle is scheduled for delivery in December 2022. Delivery to Slovakia should be completed by the end of 2023. Work on the vehicles has already begun.

The vehicles are overhauled tanks from former stocks of various user states, which now belong to Rheinmetall. The order also includes an ammunition package and integrated training and logistics services. Nothing was initially known about the order volume.
The Bulgarian government looks to be edging closer to reaching an agreement for an interim fighter aircraft after holding talks with Sweden and France, while the southeastern European nation awaits American F-16s.

The potential acquisition of the jets was prompted by Lockheed Martin when it delayed delivery of F-16 Block 70 aircraft to Sofia from 2023 to 2025, following COVID-19 supplier issues, meaning they wouldn’t go operational until 2028 or so.

Thus, Bulgaria requires an “interim” type to replace an aging MiG-29 fleet that’s expected to be unserviceable due to maintenance issues from the end of 2023 onward, a Bulgarian Ministry of Defense (MoD) spokesperson told Breaking Defense in a statement.

“Until the F-16s reach full operational capability around 2028-2030, interim fighters will have to be used for the purpose of carrying out the Air Policing mission in the airspace of Bulgaria,” the spokesperson explained.

The interim fighter acquisition started out with Bulgaria sending letters to the United States, Sweden, France, Israel, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy, detailing the possibility of leasing second-hand aircraft. The Netherlands, Spain and Italy have all since confirmed they are unable to meet the request, according to the Bulgarian MoD spokesperson. The spokesperson didn’t say how the US responded, and a representative for the State Department said they don’t comment “on potential/pending arms transfers.”

“Sweden and France have responded favorably to our request,” the spokesperson said. “We have initiated talks with [both]… to explore the possibilities for [the] interim fighter acquisition. We have not received any offers yet.”

Sweden could offer Saab JAS 39 Gripen C/D aircraft with France in a position to either pitch its Mirage 2000 or Rafale jets. Both the Swedish and French governments have not responded to requests for comment.
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An interesting perspective on Poland's planned acquisitions.
According to new conception of the Czech Air Force hellicopter fleet, Czech Army plans to purchase 8-9 CH-47 Chinnok helicopters.
by the way, I can see that on militaryimages.net the Cold War thinking style still exists.
Well geographycal layout ot the Europe now, and before ther Cold War is and was the same, so Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Austria, Germany etc are the parts of Central Europe, so why they are in Eastern & Southern Europe Military news thread or Western Europe Military news tread? :))
And by the way again, such a thing as "Warsaw Pact" never existed, in all the languages of all the signatories, that military organisation was called officially as "the Warsaw Agreement". Funny is that in Central and Eastern Europe, before 1989, the NATO was propagandistically called as "NATO Pact" or "North Atlantic Pact". After 1989, these propaganda labels fell out of use, but the Cold War style Warsaw Pact label is still used in Western Europe and the US, interesting. :)


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