Hungarian Fighters Policing Slovenian Airspace
The Slovenian and Hungarian Defence Ministers, Roman Jakič and Csaba Hende, will sign on Friday an agreement under which Hungarian aircraft will police Slovenian airspace as part of NATO's air defence mechanism.
Hungarian Grippen fighters will thus join Italian F-16s and Eurofighters in protecting Slovenia's airspace. The Italian and Hungarian air forces will alternate in conducting the policing.
Slovenia does not have the air capabilities to police its airspace in accordance with NATO standards, nor does it plan to develop such capabilities.
It has relied on Italy's services since it joined NATO almost ten years ago. The costs are borne by the countries providing the services in accordance with NATO practice.