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Bell signs MoU with Czech company for UH-1Y bid May 15, 2016

Bell Helicopter signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MPI Group in Prague. Bell prepares to offer its UH-1Y utility helicopter to the Czech Republic. The MoU covers opportunities for national industry to support Bell's push to secure a first export sale of the UH-1Y to the air force branch of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic (Vzdusné Síly Armády Ceské Republiky: VS ACR). The VS ACR has a pressing need to replace its Warsaw Pact-era Mil Mi-2 'Hoplite', Mi-8/17 'Hip', and Mi-24 'Hind' helicopters. The UH-1Y is billed chiefly as a utility platform that would be suitable as an Mi-8/17 replacement for the VS ACR. It is able to carry 70 mm Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) rockets and door-mounted 12.7 mm machine guns, and so could provide a replacement for the Mi-24 assault helicopter. The UH-1Y lacks chin-mounted 20 mm Gatling gun, the AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missile, and the AGM-114 Hellfire laser-guided missile anti-tank capability.

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