The Slovak Armed Forces to present at Helicopter Technology CEE Conference

Top Quote SMi Reports: Slovak Armed Forces provides further briefings on the acquisition of UH-60 Black hawk helicopters at Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe, this September. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 29, 2020 - In recent news, the final three out of the nine UH-60 Black Hawk American military helicopters have landed in the Helicopter Wing of the Slovak Air Force in Presov. ‘The Defence Ministry has procured nine multi-purpose helicopters in total at the price of USD 261 million (€234 million) through the US government programme called Foreign Military Sales (FMS). The contract will also include a two-year logistic support, training of aviation and technical staff and expenses related to the helicopters’ transport to Slovakia.

    The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will be a key focus of this year's Helicopter Technology CEE conference, with senior leaders from the Slovak Armed Forces set to discuss key updates and progress made, as well as other expert national and international speakers. The 6th annual Helicopter Technology CEE conference will be held in Budapest, Hungary on the 1st and 2nd September 2020. Attendees will have the chance to hear the latest helicopter programme updates, procurement goals, and technology advancements.

    There is an early bird discount of Ł200 for bookings made by 30th June. Register at

    With that in mind, SMi Group will have Brigadier General Robert Kleštinec, Slovak Air Force Deputy Commander, Slovak Armed Forces to brief on the acquisition of the UH-60 Black hawk helicopters:

    ‘Modernization of Slovakia’s Air Force Technology through the Acquisition of 9 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters’
    • Operational requirements to update and phase out aging Russian Mi-17 helicopters
    • How an updated rotary fleet will allow Slovakian forces unsurpassed tactical movement of troops, weapons, ammunition and stores on the battlefield, as well as the extraction of casualties and in response to medical emergencies on the frontline
    • Integrating the last of the Black Hawks into the Air Force
    • Ensuring continuous development and upgrades for an elite fighting force

    Key nations in attendance include: Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Germany and Croatia.

    For the event brochure with the full agenda and speaker line-up, it is available online at

    Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2020
    1st – 2nd September 2020
    Budapest, Hungary

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    *‘Last Three Black Hawk Military Helicopters Land in Presov’ (News Now: January, 2020)

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