Slovakia gets two free MANTIS short-range air defense systems
BERLIN, GERMANY — The Slovak Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday that Germany would hand over two MANTIS air defense systems to Slovakia. The equipment is to strengthen the protection of the Slovak-Ukrainian border. Berlin is to hand over the equipment free of charge and permanently.
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The statement from the Ministry of Defense quotes Minister Mr. Jaroslav Nad’s words that the German side transfers the equipment “based on correct relations, professional negotiations and the common goal of NATO, i.e. strengthening and protecting the eastern border of which we are a part”.
Each of the two systems to be delivered to Slovakia consists of up to 8 automatic weapon stations, 2 radar stations, and a command post. In addition, the package from Germany also includes a surveillance radar with a range of up to 100 km and training for Slovak soldiers.
MANTIS is a stationary, fully automated weapon system designed for the continuous defense of ground facilities [e.g. military bases] against missiles, artillery, mortars, and drones. The system was developed for the protection of German troops in Afghanistan, stationed in this country until recently.
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