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Czech Minister of Defence Reviews Specific Requirements for New, Multirole Army Helicopters

SMi Reports: SMi welcomes top OEM’s Bell Helicopter and Leonardo to Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe.

London, United Kingdom, March 08, 2018 --( As the new Czech Minister of Defence reviews specific requirements for new multirole army helicopters, OEM competition for the order is well underway (Flight Global).

The new Czech Minister of Defence Karla Šlechtová recently announced plans to replace the Czech Republic’s Mil Mi-24s, with both the Bell Helicopter UH-1Y and Leonardo Helicopters AW139M in the running.

Hear from GOLD sponsors Bell Helicopter and Leonardo at Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe conference 2018, two of the companies shortlisted in 2017 for acquisition by the Czech Republic.

Both Bell Helicopter and Leonardo will be sponsoring, exhibiting and presenting at the two-day event in Prague, Czech Republic on the 23rd and 24th May 2018.

The two-day conference will also host senior level military speakers from the V4 Nations, including: Major General Jaromir Sebesta, Air Force Commander, Czech Armed Forces; Colonel Tamas Bali, Deputy Commander, 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Defence Forces; Colonel Slawomir Makosa, Commander, 1st Army Aviation Brigade, General Command - Polish Armed Forces and Colonel Robert Klestinec, Deputy Chief of Staff, Air Force of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic.

The event will provide delegates with detailed updates on helicopter programmes and procurement goals, presented by high-ranking experts from the US Marine Corps, French Air Force, Joint Helicopter Command and Commando Helicopter Force.

Past attendees of the event include:

12th Combat Aviation Brigade | Airbus | Amsafe Bridport | Arista Aviation Services| Armament Inspectorate | Aselsan As | Association Of The Defence Industry Of The Czech Republic | Astronautics | Austrian Air Force | Axnes Aviation | Bell Helicopter | British Embassy, Budapest | CAE | Croatian Air Force | Czech Air Force | Czech Armed Forces | Defence Attache Office | Defense Express | Embassy of Ukraine | European Air Group| European Defence Agency | Finmeccanica SpA | FlightSafety International | FN HERSTAL | Galleon Embedded Computing | Heli-one Norway As | Hungarian Air Force | Italian Army | Italian Embassy | Jeppesen | Joint Helicopter Command | Keystone Turbine Services | Lockheed Martin| M International Inc. | Ministry of Defence Czech Republic | NATO (NAHEMA) | OCCAR | Omnipol Ltd | Pall GmbH | Pinnacle Solutions Inc | Polish Armed Forces | Rogerson Aircraft Corp | Royal Danish Air Force | Royal Netherlands Air Force | Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation | Slovakian Air Force | Slovenian Ministry of Defence | Summit Aviation Inc. | Swedish Air Force | TenCate Advanced Armour |Textron Systems Electronic Systems UK Ltd | The Boeing Company | The Shephard Group | Trakka | UK MOD | Unical Defense Inc. | University of Defence, Czech Republic | US Army | US Embassy, Budapest | Yulista | Zoerkler Gears Gmbh & Co KG and more.

There is currently a £100 early bird registration discount for bookings made by 29th March, visit for more details.

3rd annual Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe conference
23 - 24 May 2018
Hotel Angelo, Prague, Czech Republic

Gold Sponsors: Bell Helicopter, Leonardo

For sponsorship and exhibition queries please contact Sadia Malick at For delegate queries please contact Andrew Gibbons at For media queries please contact Natasha Boumediene at

About SMi Group:

Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at
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