On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, a contract was signed for the modernization of 15 Mi-171Š transport helicopters by Deputy Minister of Defense for the Management of the Armaments and Acquisitions Section Lubor Koudelka and Commercial Director of the state enterprise LOM Praha Radomír Daňhel.
All 15 machines will have new on-board transponders installed, including specific modules to ensure their resistance to enemy interference in electronic warfare. In addition, the avionics system of 8 helicopters will be completely upgraded, including new means of communication, navigation systems and multifunction displays for both pilots. Lightweight ballistic protection will also be installed on 3 helicopters to reduce their weight, and a MEDEVAC kit will be added to one helicopter, enabling air transport of the wounded with medical equipment and medical escort.
The final price of 1.2 billion CZK excluding VAT also includes the creation of a prototype helicopter, on which the harmonization of all the above-mentioned modernization elements will be tested.
A link to the news on the website of the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic can be found here:
The Ministry of Defense and LOM Prague have concluded a contract for the modernization of Mi-171 helicopters