Slovakia signs contract for 160 JLTV vehicles

By Defence Industry Europe

On July 20, the Slovak Minister of Defence, Martin Sklenár, signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) with the government of the United States for the delivery of 160 Oshkosh 4x4 Joint Light Tactical vehicles (JLTVs) to the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic. The deal, valued at USD 190 million, will be funded through the U.S. Foreign Military Financing (FMF) programme.

“The JLTV has been proven in harsh environments by several armies. Importantly, our Armed Forces will get this capability de facto for free – the acquisition of the vehicles will be funded through the U.S. Foreign Military Financing (FMF) programme. I can’t think of a better way of obtaining high-quality and much-required vehicles than this – without payment,” Minister Sklenár said.

 

 

According to the Slovak Ministry of Defence, the Slovak Armed Forces will receive the JLTV Heavy Guns Carrier (HGC) variant in crew-served and remotely operated weapon configurations – one equipped with the Manned Top Gunner Turret and the other with the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS), along with a logistics support package in the form of spare parts, technical tools, manuals, training, and vehicle servicing. Deliveries of the Oshkosh JLTVs to the Slovak military are due to take place throughout 2025.

“The JLTV platform meets all the key requirements set forth for this type of vehicle by the Slovak military, namely high mobility, ballistic and mine protection capabilities, firepower, modern and interoperable communication systems, and, last but not least, the possibility of deliveries in a relatively short time,” the Slovak Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

 

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As the Slovak Chief of Defence, General Daniel Zmeko, noted, the Slovak Armed Forces will field the JLTVs to its special operations forces, reconnaissance troops, and motorized battalion. On the plus side, the vehicle will be supported throughout its life cycle by widely available and practice-proven vehicle logistics support, making it possible to integrate the already existing logistics support system into the Slovak Armed Forces.

 

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