Czech Republic requests helicopters
The US State Department has made a determination approving a potential foreign military sale of military helicopters to the Czech Republic, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 3 May.
In two seperate requests, the Czech Republic has requested AH-1Z attack helicopters and UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. The country is considering either the UH-60M or the UH-1Y/AH-1Z to replace its aging Mi-24 helicopters.
In a package worth $205 million, the Czech Republic has requested four AH-1Z attack helicopters, eight T700-GE-701D engines, eight Honeywell embedded global positioning systems with inertial navigation and precise positioning service, and 14 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. Also included are communication equipment, EW systems, M197 20mm machine guns, target sight system, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.
The second request is worth up to $800 million, and includes 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters with 28 T700-GE-701D engines. Onboard EW systems, communications systems, avionics and weapons are also included in the package.
The country intends to use these helicopters to modernise its armed forces.
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