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 Mar 1 2021

Slovak Air Force: Contributing to NATO Air Policing for 15 years

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - After joining NATO in March 2004, Slovakia became part of the then NATO Integrated Air Defence System in 2006. Since then, the Slovak Air Force has been firmly embedded with their MiG-29 fighter aircraft in the Alliance’s enduring mission of Air Policing.

“Let me congratulate all fellow airmen in the Alliance for six decades of conducting a successful mission that keeps us and the airspace above us safe and secure,” says Brigadier General Róbert Tóth, Commander of the Slovakian Air Force. “Men and women under my leadership have been proud members of this family for the last 15 years. Our actions are closely tied to NATO’s Northern Combined Air Operations Centre at Uedem, as well as our neighbours, since the Air Policing duty must be a collective effort focused as an enduring mission in peacetime,” he added.

I congratulate all fellow airmen in the Alliance for six decades of conducting a successful mission that keeps us and the airspace above us safe and secure

 

As one of three land-locked Allies in Northern Europe, Slovakia is one of the younger members of NATO’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence System; at the time of Slovakia’s accession, it had still been called NATO Integrated Air Defence System. 

Following thorough preparations and training of Slovakian pilots, engineers and air traffic controllers for NATO Quick Reaction Alert duty, the MiG-29 fighter aircraft at Zvolen Air Base and the air controllers at CRC Zvolen became integrated under Combined Air Operations Centre Uedem, Germany.

The Slovak Air Force MiG-29 fighter aircraft are predominantly scrambled to intercept civilian airliners for example when pilots lose radio communications with civilian Air Traffic Control or declare emergencies.

Before joining NATO, the Slovak Air Force pilots flew quick reaction alert sorties on the MiG-series of fighter aircraft together with their Czech Air Force colleagues over the former state of Czechoslovakia.

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office based on information provided by the Slovak Air Force


A Slovak Air Force MiG-29 twoship. Since 2006, Slovakia has been integrated into NATO's arrangement for safeguarding Allied airspace  flying enduring Air Policing sorties. Photo courtesy Slovak Air Force.
The Control and Reporting Centre at Zvolen is closely keeping an eye on the Slovak airspace and works with NATO's CAOC at Uedem to activate and control the Slovak Quick Reaction Alert interceptors during their sorties. Photo courtesy Slovak Air Force.
A legacy MiG-21 with Slovak Air Force markings. During the period of Czechoslovakia the air forces operated the MiG series of fighter aircraft. Photo courtesy Slovak Air Force

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