The head of the Polish Ministry of Defense, Mariusz Blaszczak, and his Slovak counterpart, Jaroslav Naď, signed a military cooperation agreement during yesterday’s meeting in Warsaw. The document lays ground for extension of collaboration in the field of military aviation, such as joint training and exercise projects.
‘For many years we’ve experienced very friendly Polish – Slovak relations. Today, we jointly build a system for defense, which guarantees the security of Poland and Slovakia, as well as the whole NATO’s eastern flank. We form the Visegrad Group and we both are members of NATO and EU. These are very strong bonds. Our job, as the ministers of defense, is to deepen these relations, because we stand stronger and safer together.’ said Mariusz Blaszczak.
The newly signed agreement covers a number of fields of military cooperation, such as joint training and exercises of military pilots or air defense operations. Pending further discussions and negotiations, both partners could also share each other airfields or introduce other forms of cooperation.
Cooperation in the field of military aviation is especially important due to the fact that Slovakia has recently ordered 14 F-16 Block 70 multirole fighter aircraft. Poland on its side has been operating a fleet of 48 F-16C/D Block 52+ for nearly two decades now. Slovakia could benefit from Poland’s experience as F-16s use nation, as well as a wide array of F-16 maintenance and overhaul services offered by country’s defence industry.