The Slovak government on 23 May approved a Ministry of Defence (MoD) request for a EUR175 million (USD206 million) procurement of 25 ShKH Zuzana 2 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for the Slovak armed forces.
Slovakia procures domestically produced Zuzana 2 155 mm SPHs.Photo by: Konstrukta-Defence
The MoD will award the contract to Slovak defence company Konstrukta-Defence, with initial deliveries scheduled to commence in 2018 and to be completed in 2022.
The contract includes crew training, spare parts and ammunition, and also calls for the maximum involvement of Slovakia's domestic defence industry.
“Based on evaluations made by the NATO planning team, we are forming a heavy mechanised brigade based on those recommendations and [the procurement of new SPHs] will ensure the necessary firepower for the brigade,” Slovak Defence Minister Peter Gajdos informed media on 23 May following the government procurement decision.