Slovak Air Force receives first two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters
The Slovak Air Force has received the first two Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. That was reported by Ministry of Defence of Slovak Republic.
The UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters were officially handed over on 3 August in a ceremony attended by Slovak Defence Minister Peter Gajdos and among others. The new US-made helicopters are set to replace the current Mi-17s, which are nearing the end of their lifespans.
“I trust that the first two [helicopters] will be gradually joined by another seven under an agreed deadline in line with the approved contract,” said Gajdoš as cited by the TASR newswire. “This modernisation of the Slovak Armed Forces and Air Force in particular will enable the Air Force to provide support to the military operations of ground forces and special forces and, of course, also provide domestic crisis management during crisis situations such as floods, snow drifts and fires.”
According to the spectator.sme.sk, the ministry will purchase a total of nine multipurpose helicopters for $261 million. The sale is completed via the US governmental programme Foreign Military Sales.
Another two Black Hawks are due to be supplied from the USA next year and another five in 2019.
Ukraine unveils upgraded T-72AMT main battle tank
Ukraine to display the upgraded T-72AMT main battle tank at the parade Ukrainian Independence Day on August 24 in Kyiv. The tank will be shown at the static display area along with other latest models of Ukrainian military vehicles.
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The T-72AMT main battle tank is a heavily modified variant of the T-72A tank. The T-72AMT is one of the more advanced T-72 variants by means of installing, among other things, multiple protection explosive reactive armor modules NOZH, these being supplemented by passive armor array, and more advanced radio stations by Aselsan, navigation system СН-3003 BASALT. In addition, the modification of the T-72AMT received modern satellite navigation equipment. The T-72AMT tank is equipped with an 840 horsepower В-84-1 diesel engine.
The upgraded tank is compatible with the anti-tank guided missile systems KOMBAT, its range could reach 5,000 m. The KOMBAT laser-beam riding precision-guided missile can launch from the 125-mm smoothbore guns mounted on the T-72, T-80UD and OPLOTmain battle tanks equipped with fire control systems compatible with it. The missile can be fired while both of the host vehicle and the target are in motion.