Russian Helicopters will Retire

Russian Helicopters will Retire 23 August, 2019

The Czech Republic decided to retire the Russian-made helicopters in its inventory. The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from US maker Bell a deal priced at $622 million, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on August 22. The deal includes the utility Venom aircraft and the attack Viper aircraft, which share most of their parts. “It will be eight Venoms and four Vipers,” Metnar told reporters. The contract expected to sign by the end of the year with delivery starting 2023.


The Bell Helicopter said on its Twitter account that, “We are proud to acknowledge the Czech Republic’s decision to acquire the first foreign military mixed fleet of Bell UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters!”


The Bell UH-1Y Venom (also called Super Huey) is a twin-engine, medium-sized utility helicopter, The Bell AH-1Z Viper is an American twin-engine attack helicopter, based on the AH-1W SuperCobra. The two helicopters were developed for the United States Marine Corps as part of the H-1 upgrade program.


The procurement will replace its ageing Russian Mi-24, Mi-35, and Mi-171 helicopters.

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