Czech Republic

Final Czech Mi-24/35 Hind gunship leaves LOM Praha

The last Mi-24/35 to be overhauled by LOM Praha in Czech Republic flew from the facility on April 26. It marks the end of nearly 40 years of the Czech Air Force’s gunship helicopter being overhauled at the company’s Kbely factory

New nations take over NATO Baltic Air Policing missions

New NATO fighter rotations took place on March 31 via official handover ceremonies held at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, and Ämari Air Base in Estonia.

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Aero Vodochody's second L-39NG flies again

AERO Vodochody’s second L-39NG pre-series aircraft 7004 took to the air again on January 6 after being laid up for nearly a year to undergo avionics and ergonomic improvements

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AH-1Z and UH-1Y on show in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic ordered four Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and eight UH-1Y Venom utility rotorcraft in December 2019, so it was not surprising to see examples of both from the USMC in the NATO Air Days static display from September 18-19

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Gripen and F-35 face-off for Czech deal at NATO Air Days

With the Czech Air Force looking to either replace or stick with its Saab Gripen C/D fleet in 2027, industry is positioning for a future requirement with both the Swedish company and Lockheed Martin making a significant impression at the NATO Air Days airshow, held in Ostrava, Czech Republic, from September 18-19

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LOM Praha eyes up more Mi-17 work

Jiri Protiva, director of LOM Praha, outlined his future strategy for the Czech government-owned business during an exclusive interview with Key.Aero on September 17

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Ghanaian Mi-171Sh in ground tests with LOM Praha

LOM Praha Helicopters at Prague-Kbely Airport in Kbely, Czech Republic, is set to test-fly a Ghana Air Force-operated Mil Mi-171Sh, after it was seen conducting engine runs outside the company's hangar on September 9

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Swedish Gripens set to start AAR clearance with A400M

Clearing the Saab Gripen C/D for air-to-air refuelling from the Airbus A400M is finally set to start. According to a Luftwaffe (German Air Force) source, an A400M from LTG-62 will deploy from Wunstorf, Germany, to Luleå-Kallax in Sweden on September 13 for two weeks of clearance work

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Lockheed Martin confident in Czech Republic fighter effort

As the Czech Air Force starts to weigh up a possible replacement for its fleet of Saab 14 Gripen C/Ds, Lockheed Martin has revealed that both the F-35 and F-16 Block 70/72 have been offered, with the two-squadron requirement in the region of 18-24 aircraft

Prague Airport to increase passenger checks

The new measures have been introduced as passenger traffic continues to rise