Three new Mi-35 entered Czech service
16 May 2005
On 13 May 2005, three new Mi-35 Hind combat helicopters were officially handed over by the Czech minister of defense to the Czech military. The helicopters departed Prague-Kbely military airport to their home base in Prerov.
Mi-35s which had been delivered by Russia in April passed the acceptance tests and will now be upgraded to NATO standards by Russian technicians.
Russia supplied the Mi-35s as part of repayments of its debt to the Czech Republic. Another seven Mi-35s (Mi-24 export designation) and 16 Mi-171S transport helicopters will be delivered by spring 2006. The helicopters will replace the ageing fleet of older Hinds a and Mi-17s.
- Czech Ministry of Defense