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Hot Blade 2023

About Blade 2023 – the most important international exercise of our helicopter pilots this year. Location: Portuguese Air Base No. 11 near Beja. Eight countries, 25 pieces of aviation equipment including subsonic and supersonic aircraft and seven different types of helicopters of western and eastern origin and about 750 people. In addition to our Portuguese and the native Portuguese, Slovaks, Austrians, Swiss, Belgians and also representatives of the Netherlands and Slovenia were there with equipment. The Army of the Czech Republic participated with a strong representation of three transport Mi-171ŠM and 4.5 crew from the 22nd base of the helicopter air force "Biskajská" from Náměšt nad Oslavou. For three weeks there were two of them in the air every day. For the Czech helicopter pilots, it was one of the longest overflights under their own power in our aviation history, approximately 2,500 km long, which they covered in two days.

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Mil Mi-171 from 22nd Helicopter Air Base (22. základny vrtulníkového letectva), "Hot Blade 23" exercise, Portugal, June 2023

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The 22nd Air Force Base received the first two American AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters shortly. They arrived in a giant C-17 Globemaster cargo plane. By mid-September, the Vicar base will receive four more machines: two Vipers and the first two UH-1Y Venoms.

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Three weeks ago, the helicopter base in Náměšt nad Oslavou received the first two American AH-1Z Viper fighters, and on Thursday, August 17, 2023, the Minister of Defense and the Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Army officially accepted them for the army at the same place. Helicopters of the H-1 system, which have proven themselves in a number of battles, belong to the world's top. The Czech Air Force will receive a total of 20 machines of the Viper and UH-1Y Venom types, 12 of which are new. It will replace the outdated Mi-35/24V in the Czech army.

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