Aircraft Repair Company Trenčín launches production of components for Elta’s 3D Air defence radar systems

Source: Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic

Aircraft Repair Company Trenčín (LOTN) has officially launched production of microwave modules for the Slovak Armed Forces' 3D Air Defence (AD) radar systems, with Elta Systems Ltd, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), being the prime contractor for the programme. Alongside aircraft servicing, LOTN now has a production programme for the first time.

On SVK industrial involvement in the production of IAI-Elta’s radar components, Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď said: “LOTNʼs industrial cooperation with Israelʼs ELTA Systems Ltd as the contractor for 17 3D radars for the Slovak Armed Forces is an example of Slovakiaʼs direct defence industrial involvement in the delivery of the Armed Forcesʼ equipment programmes. Thanks to this, Slovak businesses will be able to make profit, to create job opportunities, and to gain new capabilities that are the best investment into the future.”

LOTN is the main industrial partner on the Slovak Armed Forces 3D Air Defence (AD) Radar Systems Programme. As well as producing radar components, the company is responsible for the entirety of project management involving all Slovak subcontractors. Importantly, the level of Slovak industry content in the manufacture of IAI-ELTA’s radars for the Slovak military has increased from EUR 37 million to EUR 45.3 million.

As Director General of LOTN Ľubomír Galko noted, there are two different types of modules – 6,740 pieces altogether – being produced for 17 radar antennas. “LOTN has a long history and a high reputation in the field of aviation. With this extensive project, being in the role of a main industrial partner on the Slovak Armed Forces 3D Air Defence Radar Systems Programme is an opportunity for us to diversify the portfolio of our company into other areas, to ramp up and sustain employment, to gain new project management expertise, and last but not least, we must be ready to seize similar business opportunities in the future,” Galko said.

Aircraft Repair Company Trenčín (LOTN) is a traditional aircraft maintenance provider specialising in aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MROU) services since 1949. Over the duration of its existence, LOTN has undertaken the repair, overhaul and upgrade of hundreds of aircraft and helicopters from a variety of manufacturers for domestic and international customers. Compared to 2021, 2022 recorded the company’s growth in turnover by EUR 4.77 million, which equates to a 34% rise.



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