State secretaries of the Slovak and German Defence Ministries signed an settlement to bolster army cooperation between Slovak and German, based on which the previous will obtain fifteen Leopard 2A4 tanks together with ammunition, spare components and crew coaching from Germany in change for giving Ukraine its 30 Soviet-era BVP-1 infantry preventing autos. The swap illustrates an ongoing effort by European nations to supply Soviet-designed {hardware} to the Ukrainian army to assist in its efforts to counter Russia’s invasion. In return, NATO companions of those nations try to backfill capabilities lowered or stripped naked by such armaments donations.

Slovak Armed Forces intends to decommission their army tools inherited following the breakup of former Czechoslovakia in 1993. Beforehand, Slovakia gifted a Russian-produced S-300 air-defense missile system, 155mm Zuzana 2 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), Grad multiple-launch rocket techniques (MLRSs) to Ukraine. Extra not too long ago, studies of a possible sale of 11 MiG-29 fight plane from the Slovak Air Power’s stock to Ukraine have emerged. Ukrainian pilots already fly the MiG-29 and so there can be little extra coaching wanted to place Slovakia’s jets to speedy use.


Ukraine Begins Receiving BVP-1 infantry preventing automobile (Photograph by Ukroboronprom)

The Leopard 2 is a third era foremost battle tank initially developed by Krauss-Maffei within the Nineteen Seventies for the West German military. The tank first entered service in 1979 and succeeded the sooner Leopard 1 as the primary battle tank of the German Military. It’s armed with a 120 mm smoothbore cannon, and is powered by a V-12 twin-turbo diesel engine. Numerous variations have served within the armed forces of Germany and 13 different European nations, in addition to a number of non-European nations, together with Canada, Chile, Indonesia and Singapore. There are two foremost improvement batches of the tank: the unique fashions as much as Leopard 2A4, and the improved batch, specifically the Leopard 2A5 and newer variations.

The BMP-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Pyekhoty 1) is a Soviet amphibious tracked infantry preventing automobile. The BMP-1 was the primary mass-produced infantry preventing automobile (IFV) of the Soviet Union. The Soviet army management noticed any future wars as being performed with nuclear, chemical and organic weapons. BMP-1s have been produced below license by Czechoslovakia (BVP-1). 2,252 ordered in 1973 and delivered between 1973 and 1989 (most produced in Czechoslovakia whereas the remainder was imported from the Soviet Union). 1,006 BVP-1 and BVP-1KS, 265 BPzV “Svatava” reconnaissance autos and 620 OT-90 APCs proper earlier than the breakup of Czechoslovakia, handed on to successor states.