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Slovak Air Force

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posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 03:13 AM
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
L-410FG/T 1/1
L-410UVP-E/-S 1/1
VIP plane 2
Mi-8S (salon) 1

1. AFB Gen. Otto Smik (Sliac airport)

L-410T (SAR and communication) 2
Mi-17M (SAR) 2
MiG-29A/UB 15/3
L-39CM/ZA 3/7

2. AFB grrrr, I always forget the name (Presov airport)

Mi-2 and soon its replacement 4
Mi-24V 10
Mi-17REB/-17M 2/2
Mi-17 (salon) 1

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 03:53 AM
great post with a handsome piture I think

[edit on 13-12-2005 by emile]

posted on Dec, 28 2005 @ 11:10 AM

Slovakia’s 12 MiG-29s will be re-delivered next year following their upgrade to the enhanced SMT standard by RSK MiG.

Looks like Mig-29's are getting upgraded to SMT standard

posted on Dec, 28 2005 @ 01:19 PM
One question? What country will get the modernization order? The US or an European partner?

Other wuestion? would these russian planes fly as it is or do they get western components specified by NATO?

posted on Dec, 28 2005 @ 02:02 PM
russia will modernize them - and tweak the system to nato standards

posted on Jan, 3 2006 @ 04:20 AM

Originally posted by carcharodon
One question? What country will get the modernization order? The US or an European partner?

Other wuestion? would these russian planes fly as it is or do they get western components specified by NATO?

1. the order was placed to RSK MiG - russian firm with cooperation of Rosoboronexport

2. They have mix of components. Some of them (navigation, IFF...) are from west and other (radar, missile warning...) from east. However, after modernisation they are fully compatibile with NATO standards.

posted on Jan, 20 2006 @ 03:29 AM
This is the worst day in SAF history. At Thursday around 19:00 middle european time (GMT +2:00) crashed military transport plane An-24. It transported slovak soldiers from mission in Kosovo to the Kosice airport. It falled down in Hungary, only 5 kilometers (cca 3 miles) from Slovak borders. From 43 people aboard, 42 died (I know some of them :-((((((((((((((((((((((( At that time, special resecue helicopter Agusta A-109K2 was returning from capital town Bratislava to Kosice and was directly redirected to locate the place of the accident. The terrain was so unaccessible that it cannot land. Also Mi-17 SAR team from Sliac airbase was unable to land there. The only man that was alive is in hospital and it seems, that he will survive.

posted on Jan, 20 2006 @ 04:36 AM
Yeah.. I always loved the MiG-29.. sweet jet
The L-39 is quite a jet too!

Sorry to hear about your loss.. Any info on how/why the crash happened?

posted on Jan, 20 2006 @ 07:21 AM
great post matej

Very informative and refreshing to read something other than
china to pakistan area

posted on Jan, 20 2006 @ 10:19 AM
I agree with Jezza... Good post...
I have been wondering about your air-force for a while...
just wait, our F/A-18 will come and get you...

[edit on 20-1-2006 by Figher Master FIN]

posted on Jan, 20 2006 @ 10:40 AM
OK, I know its not Slovakian.

But a great website for the MiG-29

Some lovely videos

posted on Jan, 21 2006 @ 03:38 AM
The Slovak air crash is pretty infamous world wide now.
I read a small article on it in the Times of India too.
42 dead in one go..
Very sad and unfortuante.
my condolences.

posted on Jan, 23 2006 @ 05:30 AM
Definitely all 42 bodies were found. Three of them were from Presov AFB, including the commander of the mission. Only five minutes before crash safely landed at Kosice airport second An-26 with their baggage aboard :-[ Black box was found and was transported for analysis to Air Force University at Kosice. Parts of the plane were transported in five trucks to hangar at Presov AFB for investigation. The only survived man, Martin Farkash is stabilised and he is curing at specialised Kosice hospital. If everything goes well, after two weeks he will be disconnected from medical devices.

The account of the accident is not known. Flight level is at least 1000 m [about 3000 feet] before the last approach point before Kosice airport, but the plane flow only 700 m and crashed at the top of the hill.

Bigger photos when they will be available.
Daedalus3 - thanks
Fighter Master FIN - did you see this S-300PM? Just come. I will wait you in the ground.


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