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US Approves Bell Helicopter UH-1Y Sale to Czech Republic

By Matthew Beinart | October 25, 2017
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170405-N-FM530-157 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 5, 2017) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Eugene Williams, assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), signals a UH-1Y Huey helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 365 (Reinforced) after it delivers supplies during a vertical replenishment. Mesa Verde is deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brent Pyfrom/Released)

Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Eugene Williams signals a Bell Helicopter UH-1Y H after it delivers supplies during a vertical replenishment. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

The Czech Republic is looking to update its fleet of military helicopters with a deal worth $575 million. Approved by the U.S. State Department, the Czech Republic is set to receive 12 Bell Helicopter UH-1Ys.

The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Oct. 11 of the foreign military sale, which includes the UH-1Ys, as well as 25 of General Electric’s T-700 401c engines, 13 Honeywell GPS systems and 12 M240 machine guns.

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“The Czech Republic intends to use these helicopters to modernize its armed forces and strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats,” the State Department said in a statement. “This will contribute to the Czech Republic’s military goal of updating its capabilities while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and other NATO allies.”

Under the proposed FMS, the Czech government also requested FLIR Systems Brite Star II multi-sensor targeting system, aircraft survivability equipment, missile warning and laser detection systems, helmet-mounted displays and electronic warfare equipment. The prime contractors, Bell and GE, will also provide technical equipment, logistical support and engineering services.

This article was originally published by Defense Daily, an R&WI sister publication. It has been edited.

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