Slovak companies sign several MoU with Leonardo for development and production of defense platforms

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Leonardo M-345 and M-346 trainer aircraft.

Leonardo announced on Saturday a series of Memorandums of Understanding that it has signed with the Slovakian companies Lotn, Vrm and Slavia Production System - Detva for the design, production and maintenance of aviation equipment and training systems centered on the M-345 and M-346 platforms. The MoU also include the 'unmanned' systems produced by Leonardo's Electronics Division, in particular those of the Falco Evo family.

The presentation of the MoU was attended by the Minister of Defense of the Slovak Republic Martin Sklenár, the Undersecretary of Defense Marian Majer and the Ambassador of Italy to the Slovak Republic Catherine Flumiani. Furthermore, the event was attended by the Defense Attaché Colonel Gerardo Contristano, the Deputy Defense Attaché Colonel Riccardo Venturini and the Commander of the Italian Task Group Samp/T deployed in Malacky Lieutenant Colonel Michele Vellucci.

Leonardo Slovakia M345 M346

Ambassador Flumiani underlined how the signing of such agreements could lead to numerous opportunities for the strengthening of the European defense industry, as well as for the development of crucial defense capabilities. She added that it represents a further qualitative leap in the already excellent bilateral relations between Italy and Slovakia.

The signing ceremony took place during the Slovak International Air Fest - Siaf, opened by the President of the Parliament Boris Kollár and the Minister of Defense of the Slovak Republic Martin Sklenár and in which the Italian Air Force participated with F-2000 Eurofighter and Tornado fighters, as well as with the static display of a Samp/T launcher. The flight program also included a C-27J Spartan transport aircraft, also produced by Leonardo and already acquired by the Slovak Air Force.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
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