The Slovak Ministry of Defense (MoD) informed that it sent out a request for proposal to the governments of France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Turkey, UK and USA in relation to the planned procurement of 17 3D radar systems. The deadline for submission of offers is set on 30th September.
According to the Slovak MoD the re-launched tender will be more transparent and allow to select the most favourable offer in terms of its operational capability. The previous competition, which was originally launched by the previous Slovak government, ousted in result of general elections which took place in February, has been under scrutiny and criticism from other political parties and experts.
‘The radars are the biggest problem from the viewpoint of equipment in service with the Slovak Armed Forces. The service life of the vast majority of the radar systems is over, for some of them for a very long time. As a result, we find ourselves in a situation where the then solution to the 3D radars fails to answer to our idea of transparency, yet the cancellation of the entire bidding process and the start of a new one would cost our Armed Forces another 4 years and we cannot afford that. As we announced recently that we would present our requirements on the new radars to representatives of the countries that had the capacity to supply them, we have done so today." explained Defense Minister Jaroslav Naď.
The armed forces of Slovakia have a requirement for 17 3D radar stations of three different range configurations: medium, short and very short. According to the MoD, new radar stations will ‘provide round-the-clock surveillance, air traffic control (ATC), and a continuous air situational picture (ASP) over Slovakia within the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defense System (NATINAMDS)’. The expected cost of procurement is €155 million.