The 2 previous Czech Mi-24V strike helicopters
in Ukraine.(Photo: Stratcom Centre UA)At the very least 2 gunship helicopters have actually been identified with their initial camouflage as well as Czech markings changed by Ukrainian flags. The U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin divulged on May 23, 2022, that the Czech Republic contributed an undefined variety of helicopters to Ukraine, along with storage tanks as well as rocket systems. As done by lots of nations, the Czech Republic is maintaining the checklist of the contributed devices personal, so it is not feasible to establish which as well as the number of helicopters were moved from the stock of Mi-24 as well as Mi-17 helicopters.
The Centre for Strategic Communications and also Information Security under the Ministry of Culture as well as Information Policy of Ukraine launched an image on Saturday, revealing that a minimum of 2 Czech Mi-24V Hind assault helicopters are currently in Ukraine. The helicopters are still using their initial Czech camouflage, with huge Ukrainian flags on the body that are likewise covering the markings of the Czech Air Force. The Hinds additionally obtained the white bands on the tail boom as the various other helicopters currently in solution in Ukraine.
According to Czech media, both helicopters were taken straight from the trip lines rather than being drawn from storage space. The helicopters have actually been recognized with the serials 3370 and also 7353, which match to the more recent set of Mi-24V/ Mi-35 gotten by the Czech Air Force in between 2003 as well as 2005 as component of the settlement of the Russian financial debt in the direction of the nation. The helicopters were likewise supposedly lately revamped.
Comparable information was reported likewise by Key.Aero, which reported that 2 Mi-35s, with serials 3362 as well as 3370, were being planned for transfer to Ukrainian Army Aviation and also both have actually lately been revamped by LOM Praha Helicopters at Kbely. Particularly, the Mi-35 3362 was provided back to the 221st Helicopter Squadron at Namest nad Oslavou in August 2021.
It is not understood when the helicopters where moved, nevertheless their last trips were reported at the end of April. Taking into consideration that the contribution was introduced on May 23, it is feasible that the helicopters were provided in Ukraine right after, as occurred with the contribution of Slovakian helicopters. The Slovakian Minister of Defence introduced the contribution of a Mi-2 and also 4 Mi-17s transportation helicopters to Ukraine on June 16 and also a day later on they were currently identified throughout their distribution by roadway.
The Czech Air Force runs concerning 15 Mi-24/ Mi-35 Hind strike helicopters as well as concerning 20 Mi-17 Hip transportation helicopters. These helicopters are intended to be changed by 4 AH-1Z Viper assault helicopters as well as 8 UH-1Y Venom energy helicopters, whose manufacturing has actually started previously this year at Bell’s centers in Fort Worth, Texas.