The Czech Republic chose a U.S. company as the supplier of helicopters for its army. They will buy 12 military helicopters from the U.S. company, narrowing the field of possible suppliers. Jakub Landovsky, the Deputy Defense Minister of the Czech Republic, stated this as Reuters reported.
The Defense Ministry scrapped a tender for helicopters in 2017 and planned to launch another one in summer 2018, they also meant to include bidders from German and Italian companies.
Now the supplier of the enormous tender is the contract, estimated at 553 million of dollars, which will go to Bell Helicopter (a unit of Textron) or Sikorski (Lockheed Martin).
As part of the army modernization and compliance with NATO standards, the Czech Republic is planning to replace 30-35 helicopters Mi-24, Mi-8, and Mi-17, which are currently in use and almost have come out of use.
At the same time, Prague refused to modernize 10 Polish helicopters W-3A Sokół in order to increase their term of use.