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Czech Republic delivers helicopters to Afghan military
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10:28, November 22, 2007

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Czech Defense Minister Vlasta Parkanova and Chief of Staff Vlastimil Picek delivered the first three second hand helicopters to Afghan army representatives in a ceremony at Prague-Kbely airport on Wednesday.

In all, the Czech Republic will donate six transport Mi-17 helicopters and six Mi-24 combat helicopters to the Afghan armed forces.

All 12 helicopters will become part of the newly formed Afghan air forces and help in humanitarian missions in inaccessible regions.

The Czech government approved the decision to donate 12 surplus combat and transport helicopters to Afghanistan in April in response to a request from NATO.

The helicopters had to be repaired and upgraded at the Letecke opravny Malesice (LOM) military repair works first. They are to be supplied to Afghanistan by mid-2009.

The modernization cost some 650 million crowns (about 36.1 million U.S. dollars) that were paid by NATO.

Apart from the helicopters, the Czech Republic also intended to donate redundant weapons to Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua

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