The main attack force are MiG-29 fighters. They are now under modernisation, and finaly we will have 15 modernised MiG-29A (9-12A) and three MiG-29UB
(9-51A). They have nice new displays, NATO compatible IFF and some new avionics. Last but not least, after D check they are able to fly...
Replacement is planned in 2010.
For training Slovak Air Force has L-39CM and light attack L-39ZA. All L-39Cs were located at air force academy in Kosice (it is the town, where I
study now), but it was cancelled. They were modernised to new CM standard. Unfortunatelly, because modernisation was also cancelled worldwide famous
acrobatic team called Biele Albatrosy.
Transport, SAR, communication and reconnaissance is provided by L-410 plane in all its versions. We have also two Antonov An-24, but they are grounded
for a long time and will be soon lay up. Two additional An-26 have the same destiny, when in about 2008 will be replaced by new planes.
Majority of the helicopters are located at 2.nd AFB in Presov, some 12 km away from my house. Attack force is represented by Mi-24D/DU/V. The first
two versions will be lay up after finishing their life cycle. Then we will have only Mi-24Vs. Transport, SAR and other duties are provided by Mi-17.
Some of them were modernised in Air Force repair factory in Trencin to Mi-17M standard and are used fo SFOR missions. Now they have color MFD,
additional shell plates (some of them are visible around cockpit, but they are also inside) and the most important thing – inside was very ugly dark
green color replaced by nice light blue... Ministry of Foreign is still using Mi-8S from Air Force, but I do not know why, because in 2004 the
Ministry of Inside things (police, fire department....) bought some latest Mi-171S also in salon version.
Its me in Mi-17M. I had a joyride in this machine!!!
Anti aircraft force is represented by S-300 and 2K12M2 Kub systems.
Aimed structure for SAF according to Model 2010:
SAF headquater (in Zvolen)
Independent transport wing (Kuchyna airport)
An-26 and soon its replacement 2
VIP plane 2
Mi-8S (salon) 1
1. AFB Gen. Otto Smik (Sliac airport)
L-410T (SAR and communication) 2
Mi-17M (SAR) 2
2. AFB grrrr, I always forget the name (Presov airport)
Mi-2 and soon its replacement 4
Mi-17 (salon) 1