Thursday, 26 October 2017

Latest Bell UH-1Y "Venom" Variant Of The Iconic Huey Finds An Export Customer

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The helicopter, which traces its roots to a 60 year old design, is still sought after internationally among stiff competition.

BY TYLER ROGOWAY OCTOBER 25, 2017

Nearly 61 years to the day since its first flight, the legendary UH-1 is still being exported to militaries abroad. Of course the newest variant of the UH-1, the UH-1Y "Venom," is very much a different helicopter than its grandfather, having far more in common with the more modern but still dated Twin Huey Super Cobra. Nonetheless, with the news that the US Government approved the sale of UH-1Ys to the Czech Republic, it's safe to say that Hueys are still in demand in an age when the field of light to medium militarized utility helicopters is crowded to say the least. 

Under the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) deal, a dozen UH-1Y helicopters will be sold to the Czech Republic, including spares, support, mission-related equipment, and training. The deal will include 25 T-700 GE 401C engines, Brite Star II infrared and electro-optical sensor turrets, AN/AAR-47 missile warning and laser detection systems, AN/ALE-47s countermeasure (flare and chaff) dispensers, AN/APR-38 radar warning receivers, a yet to be identified electronic warfare suite, helmet mounted displays, and M134 GAU-17 7.62mm mini-guns, M240 7.62mm machine guns, and M3M GAU-21 .50 caliber chain guns. The total cost of the contract is $575M. …..Read rest of article: HERE


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