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The USA will present future Czech helicopters Venom and Viper

12.09.2019, 15:04

Visitors to NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days will have the first opportunity to have a closer look at both helicopters, which will replace the old Mi-24/35 in the Czech Air Force. The United States Marine Corps will present a pair of UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper helicopters.

After last year's premiere, the UH-1Y Venom helicopter returns to Mošnov airport, but for the first time, it will be accompanied by the AH-1Z Viper. Both helicopters will be presented to visitors at a static demonstration as they will be transported to the event by C-5M Super Galaxy.

“Confirmation of the participation of Venom and Viper helicopters extends the already packed list of American technology. Moreover, it is an exceptional opportunity, so far in Europe, both helicopters have only been presented at commercial air shows and this is their first joint public appearance, ”says Zbyněk Pavlačík, chairman of Jagello 2000.

The twin-engined Bell AH-1Z Viper helicopter was built at the beginning of the millennium as a modernized version of the AH-1W Super Cobra. Viper helicopter armament consists of 20 mm automatic cannon, Sidewinder air-to-air missiles or unguided air-to-ground missiles. Currently, the Viper is used only by the US Marine Corps, but in the future, it is expected to be included in the arsenal of the Czech Army or the Pakistani Army Air Force.

Just like the Viper, the multi-purpose Bell UH-1Y Venom is currently used only by the Marine Corps and is also based on its predecessor, the UH-1N Twin Huey. Venom also shares up to 84% of the parts with the AH-1Z Viper, thus making maintenance of both helicopters significantly easier and cheaper.

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