According to Reuters, the ministry said the delay was due to supply issues coming from the two-year-old coronavirus pandemic and the global chip shortage.
“The US government notified Slovak government about the delay in delivery of F-16 fighter jets by 12-14 months,” the ministry said.
It said the first deliveries should arrive in the first half of 2024.
As we have already reported, Lockheed Martin has beaten Saab for the contract to supply new fighter jets to Slovakia.
Slovakia, a NATO member, signed a deal in 2018 to buy 14 jets, worth around $1.6 billion, to replace ageing Russian-made MiG-29 planes, as a part of efforts to modernise its military.
The Block 70/72 is the newest and most advanced F-16 production configuration, combining numerous capability and structural upgrades.
The F-16 Block 70/72 in fact combines capability upgrades, most notably the advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar with a new avionics architecture, and structural upgrades to extend the structural life of the aircraft by more than 50 percent beyond that of previous production F-16 aircraft. F-16 Block 70/72 software takes advantage of technologies not available when earlier Block F-16s were developed and produced. Operational capabilities are enhanced through an advanced datalink, targeting pod and weapons; precision GPS navigation and the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS).
The ministry said that, despite the delay, it would continue to be able to protect its skies.
Slovakia is one of the countries in the European Union’s east that borders Ukraine. More than 165,000 refugees have fled to Slovakia since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.
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