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MSPO 2019: Bell mixed fleet deal Czechs out

24th August 2019 - 12:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London

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Bell has said it is 'proud to acknowledge' the Czech Republic's statement of intent for a fleet of eight UH-1Y Venom and four AH-1Z Viper helicopters - following an official announcement made by Lubomir Metnar, the country's defence minister. 

The political confirmation follows the US State Department approving a FMS deal for four vipers and related equipment with an estimated value of $205 million in May and is part of a Czech armed forces modernisation programme that is investing in Western made solutions to replace legacy Soviet era aircraft. 

The UH-1Y and AH-1Z share 85% commonality according to Bell, with the UH-1Y distinguished by its drive train, four-bladed and all-composite rotor system. 

In 2017 the Czech Republic had been set to receive 12 Venoms from the US DoD as part of a $575 million FMS deal which also included support equipment and spares.

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