Czech Army tasked with clarifying helicopter requirements

The Czech Army has tasked to clarify its needs for a new multi-purpose helicopter by Minister of Defence Karla Šlechtová.

The army has been seeking to purchase 12 new helicopters which would replace the ageing Russian Mi-24 models. In the past both Italian and US manufacturers have been sounded out in what is regarded as a very lucrative tender estimated to be worth around 15 billion crowns.

The minister complained earlier that the Czech Army seemed to have set out a series of requirements which no helicopter currently on the market could match.