Slovakia is a Central European country bordered by Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, Hungary to the south, Austria to the southwest, and the Czech Republic to the northwest. The primary threat to Slovakia is the Russian Federation and its ballistic missile arsenal, hybrid warfare tactics, and the potential to destabilize its neighbor, Ukraine. The country joined NATO in 2004 and has participated with the US and other NATO partners in the Tobruq Legacy exercise series, a multinational ground-based air defense exercise. The Slovak Air Force is part of NATO Integrated Air Defense System – NATINADS. In January 2021, Slovakia became the latest NATO member to purchase Israel’s multi-mission radar (MMR), the same radar used for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
Slovakia’s Air Defense Capabilities
|S300PMU||Long-range SAM system||1||Ground-Based; Road-Mobile|
|2K12 Kub 2M||Tracked medium-range surface-to-air missile system||5||Ground-Based; Road-Mobile|
|9K38 Igla2||Infrared homing surface-to-air missile system||72||Man-portable|
|EL/M-2084||Multi-mission radar (MMR)||Fixed Position Radar|