According to the Polish Ministry of Defense, the Slovakian government is negotiating the purchase of eight-wheel drive Rosomak infantry fighting vehicles (IFV). The announcement by Poland follows unconfirmed reports that Slovakia’s Defense Ministry had cancelled the acquisition plan.
The spokesman of the Polish Defense Ministry said negotiations will be continued, and discussions took place during the NATO summit in Warsaw.
Under the original plan discussed by the two parties, the Slovak military was to acquire 30 units.
Earlier, an unnamed Slovak Defense Ministry official told Slovakian media outlet SME that the project was “stopped due to military and economic disadvantageousness for Slovakia.”
The initial contract, signed in July 2015, amounted $30 million.
The IFVs are intended to replace the OT-64 SKOT armored personnel carriers of the Slovak Armed Forces.
The Rosomak IFV is a licensed variant of Patria’s Armored Modular Vehicle built under license in Poland, and operated by its armed forces.
|30×173 mm ATK Mk44Bushmaster II gun
12.7 mm WKM-B or 1 × 40mm Mk 19 in Rosomak M3
|7.62×51mm NATO UKM-2000C coaxial general purpose machine gun|
|Engine||DI 12 Scania Diesel
360 kW (480 hp) or 405 kW (543 hp)
|Power/weight||15.6 kW/t (21.2 PS/t) (max weight)|
|800 km (500 mi)|
|Speed||over 100 km/h (60 mph) on land
up to 10 km/h (6.2 mph) in water