The Republic of Slovakia has signed a contract with BAE Systems to upgrade its national Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system.
The contract, awarded to the company’s Communication, Navigation, Identification and Reconnaissance (CNIR) business unit, is the first in a five-year series of contracts with a total estimated value of $25 million.
The first year’s contract is valued at $3 million and represents the first direct military sale from the US to Slovakia, which is joining the NATO alliance in the near future.
The first year of the contract will include the installation of Long Range IFF interrogators for ground-based radar platforms, as well as transponders for the defence force’s Mi-2, Mi-17, L-39, L-410 and An-24 aircraft.
Work in subsequent years will include further installations of interrogators and transponders throughout Slovakia’s defence forces, as well as training, systems integration and logistics support.
IFF systems enable defence forces to recognise friendly aircraft, ground and waterborne forces. This information provides the critical lead-time to counter an attack, or to prevent friendly or coalition forces from damage.