RUSSIA STARTS DELIVERY OF MI-171 AND MI-35 HELICOPTERS TO CZECH REPUBLIC

According to a source in the defence industry, Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant and the Rostov-based helicopter manufacturer, Rostvertol, are starting deliveries of the Mi-171 and Mi-35 helicopters to the Czech Republic in May this year.

"The first six machines —three Mi-171 and three Mi-35 helicopters—will be delivered to the Czech Republic as early as May this year", the source said. Under the contract, 26 combat helicopters are to be delivered to the Czech Republic, including 16 Mi-171 and 10 Mi-35 helicopters worth a total of over US$200 million. The delivery is intended to cancel Russia's debt owed to the Czech Republic. "All helicopters to be supplied to Czechia are new. The Mi-35 helicopters are equipped with special systems which make it possible to fly combat missions by day as well as by night", the source added.

Simultaneously with helicopter deliveries, Rostvertol and the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant will arrange training of Czech pilots, engineers and technical staff. The delivery of Mi-171 and Mi-35 helicopters to the Czech Republic is to be completed by year end 2005.

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