US military to help modernize Czech helicopters

The US military has offered assistance in modernizing Czech army helicopters to be used in NATO’s ISAF mission in Afghanistan, the Czech Defence Ministry said on Friday. The US offered to equip between six and eight Russian-made Mi-171Sh helicopters with modern technology and train their crews; the helicopters should serve to deploy Czech troops in special forces operations in Afghanistan. The modernization and training programme will finalize by 2016.

Author: Jan Richter