Two Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters delivered to the Czech Republic

By Defence Industry Europe

On July 26, the Czech Ministry of Defence announced that the first two Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters have been delivered to the country from the United States.

According to the ministry, the official presentation of the new attack helicopters is planned for August 17.

The United States will deliver an additional two AH-1Z Viper and the first two UH-1Y Venom helicopters to the Czech Republic by mid-September this year, the Czech Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

 

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In 2019, the Czech Republic signed an agreement with the government of the United States for eight UH-1Y Venom and four AH-1Z Viper helicopters. Additionally, Washington has proposed delivering another eight helicopters (two UH-1Y and six AH-1Z) from the stocks of the United States Marine Corps. This is in compensation for the military support that Prague provided to Ukraine.

 

 

 

 

It is worth noting that along with the helicopters, the Czech Republic has contracted a large package of weapon systems (AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank guided missiles, APKWS) and simulators.

 

 

The Czech Republic is the first export user of Bell H-1Y/Z helicopters among NATO countries. It cannot be ruled out that Slovakia may follow a similar path, as its authorities have issued an official request for proposals regarding the possibility of purchasing twelve (used) AH-1Z Viper helicopters.

 

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