Lithuania traditionally among the first confirmed participants

18.02.2022, 12:10

Visitors to this year's NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days will once again have an opportunity to meet representatives of the Lithuanian Air Force. Lithuania is a frequent guest at Leoš Janáček Ostrava Airport and has once again confirmed its participation well in advance. A C-27J Spartan transport aircraft and an AS 365N3+ Dauphin helicopter will come from Lithuania for the static demonstration. This year, the Czech Gripen will be heading in the opposite direction.

Lithuania, along with Latvia and Estonia, does not have supersonic aircraft and the protection of their airspace is therefore provided by other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries. However, it operates a transport and helicopter air force, whose equipment will be on display at Mošnov airport for the seventh time. The Lithuanians will arrive with their largest ever aircraft - the C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft - as well as the AS 365N3+ Dauphin helicopter, which they use primarily for rescue operations.

Change: C-27J Spartan display was cancelled (14th September 2022).

C-27 Spartan


"The strong allied relations with Lithuania, which are also symbolised by the regular participation of the Lithuanian Air Force in our event, are underlined this year by the involvement of the Czech contingent in the Baltic Air Policing mission in this country. In April five Czech JAS-39 Gripen will return to Šiauliai airport, where the Czech Republic participated in 2009 for the first time in a similar mission," recalls Zbyněk Pavlačík, Chairman of Jagello 2000.

The C-27J Spartan turboprop is a tactical transport aircraft with short take-off and landing capability, even on unpaved surfaces. The twin-engine aircraft was developed at the turn of the millennium by the Italian company Leonardo, and among the countries operating this aircraft, apart from its home country of Italy, are Slovakia, Romania, Turkmenistan and Australia. The Spartan can carry up to 60 soldiers, 46 fully armed paratroopers or a HMMWV vehicle. 

Airbus AS 365N3+ Dauphin twin-engine multi-role helicopter represents the latest variant of the popular machine, of which more than 1,100 have already been produced. It is used for military and civilian purposes in many countries around the world, with military versions of the helicopter being used in France, the United Kingdom, as well as Colombia and Bangladesh.

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