Slovakia has announced that it will finance the production of two Bozena-4 demining systems for Ukraine as part of its humanitarian assistance package. The Slovak Foreign Minister, Juraj Blanár, stated that Slovakia has been offering its help in mine clearance and that the Slovak military has extensive experience in this field and is willing to share its knowledge with Ukraine.
The new Bozena-4 demining systems are expected to arrive in Ukraine in early 2024 and start operating in the Kherson region.
According to Blanár, Bratislava is also prepared to help Ukraine prepare for the cold season, but there will be no supply of weapons from the Slovak Army to Kyiv.
In the past, Slovakia has provided Ukraine with 10 remotely controlled Bozena demining systems, which were produced in Slovakia. The Ukrainian sappers have access to both Bozena-4 and Bozena-5 demining systems.
The Slovak Bozena demining systems, which were developed on a tracked track, are mainly used to clear territory that is contaminated with explosive objects. Control is carried out using a remote radio transmitter.
The machines are made up of the main body, on-board device, operator’s cabin, and transport platform-trailer, and are also equipped with a rotating device with a chain. Ukraine has both the 4th and 5th generation of these systems in service. The key difference between the two versions is that the newer version can be used to clear not only anti-personnel minefields but also anti-tank ones.