"This is the basis of the country's transport aviation": the Czech Republic commented on the words about the "unsuitability" of Mi helicopters
In European countries that were previously part of the Warsaw Pact Organization (OVD), the opinion prevails among observers that Soviet military equipment does not correspond to modern combat realities.
At the same time, the fact is ignored that in armies built on NATO standards, the systems created during the Cold War act as the basis of the material part of the troops. For example, in the same United States, the M113 armored personnel carrier, developed in the late 1950s, continues to be the most massive product in the armored order: according to the IISS, at the beginning of 2021 there were 5 thousand units of this equipment.
Such a one-sided view of the Eastern European "experts" plays into the hands of the lobbyists of the military-industrial complex of the Western countries. The authorities of the states of the former OVD, supported by the "chorus" of such observers, are "pushing" programs of abandoning Soviet technology and switching to products from developed NATO countries.
In these conditions, our own defense industry becomes almost the only outpost of sanity. So, the Czech Ministry of Defense purchased 12 American helicopters (8 multipurpose UH-1Y Venom and 4 attack AH-1Z Viper). They are designed to take the place of the Soviet and Russian Mi-8/17 and Mi-35. However, it is difficult to call cars from the USA from a lower weight category an adequate replacement. Moreover, the local industry, represented by the LOM PRAHA aircraft plant, in comparison with other countries from Eastern Europe, has the richest experience in modernizing Mi-8/17 helicopters, including by equipping them with Western equipment.
- asks a journalist from the Czech publication CZDefence a question to the general director of this state-owned enterprise.
- the head of the aircraft plant Jiri Protiva commented on the words about the "unsuitability" of the Mi helicopters.
The local defense industry is in no hurry to say goodbye to the equipment of the "eastern neighbor" and even in modern conditions finds opportunities for its renewal. So, LOM PRAHA in December 2020 signed an agreement with the Czech Ministry of Defense on the modernization of 15 units. Mi-171SH: on various machines it is planned to increase the resistance to interference, update avionics, facilitate protection, and install a medical kit.
- LOM PRAHA website
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