US approves $575m sale of UH-1Y utility helicopters to Czech Republic

25 October 2017 (Last Updated October 25th, 2017 14:59)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a foreign military sale of UH-1Y utility helicopters to the Czech Republic, which has been valued at an estimated $575m.

US approves $575m sale of UH-1Y utility helicopters to Czech Republic
UH-1Y Huey helicopter landing on ship. Credit: the United States Marine Corps.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a foreign military sale of UH-1Y utility helicopters to the Czech Republic, which has been valued at an estimated $575m.

The sale will cover the delivery of UH-1Y utility helicopters to support Nato defence goals and the Czech Republic’s own self-defence requirements.

Additionally, the Czech Republic has requested 25 T-700 GE 401C engines, 13 Honeywell embedded GPS/INS (EGI) and 12 7.62mm M240 machine guns.

The sale package will include the Brite Star II FLIR system and a variety of aircraft survivability equipment (ASE) such as the AN/AAR-47 missile warning and laser detection system, AN/ALE-47 counter measure dispensing system (CMDS) and AN/APR-39 radar warning receiver (RWR).

The Czech Republic is also hoping to receive joint mission planning systems, helmet mounted displays, communication equipment, small-calibre gun systems such as GAU-17A and GAU-21, electronic warfare systems and the identification friend or foe (IFF) mode 4/5 transponder as part of the arrangement.

Furthermore, the country is set to receive support equipment, spare engine containers, spare and repair parts, tools and test equipment, technical data and publications, as well as personnel training and training equipment.

“The contracted helicopters are intended to modernise the Czech Republic’s armed forces, while strengthening homeland defence and helping to deter regional threats.”

US Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, in addition to other related elements of logistics and programme support will also be provided under the deal.

Bell Helicopter, Textron and General Electric will serve as principal contractors for the sale.

The contracted helicopters are intended to modernise the Czech Republic’s armed forces, while strengthening homeland defence and helping to deter regional threats.

The Czech Republic also aims to update its military capabilities and improve interoperability with the US and other Nato allies.