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Slovakia to buy 14 US-made F-16 jet fighters

AFP  |  Bratislava (Slovania) 

The today it had approved the purchase of 14 cutting-edge US-made Block 70/72 jet fighters, amid US criticism that members in do not spend enough on defence.

said the contract was worth nearly 1.6 billion euros (USD 1.9 billion) and included training, ammunition and logistics.

The are to replace obsolete Russian

"These are top-quality, modern planes, unrivalled in terms of price, quality and compliance, and in terms of what we can afford as a country," said in a statement on his ministry's website.

The cabinet preferred the over Swedish-made JAS-39 Gripens. Gajdos said the deal with the was ready for signature, while wanted to discuss the details only after the government had made the decision.

US has slammed European allies for not increasing their budgets, raising tensions at a summit under way in today.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 19:15 IST