BRATISLAVA, Jan.3 (Xinhua) -- The first of two Spartan C-27J military cargo aircraft for Slovak military forces will arrive as late as this year, although originally it should have been delivered by the end of 2016. Slovak Defence Ministry spokesperson Danka Capakova announced on Tuesday.
The ministry cited problems on the manufacturer's part as the reason for the delay.
"Therefore, the Slovak Defence Ministry has postponed advance payments until new appendices to the contract are signed," stressed Capakova.
Negotiations were held, in which the ministry managed to negotiate a discount on the original price and a more favourable instalment schedule, she added. Originally, each plane should have cost 34.5 million euros (36.1 million U.S. dollars).
Slovakia selected the two Spartan aircraft via a tender in 2008. The producer is supposed to supply the second one in early 2018.
Several modules will be available to the Slovak army within the planes, enabling the army, for example, to transport wounded people, extinguish fires and drop cargo from the sky.