Lithuania's Air Forces should transfer to more modern Western helicopters from 2022, the Defence Resource Council decided last week.
AS 365 Dauphin

The Air Force currently has nine helicopters, including three French-made Dauphin and six Russian-made Mi-8T.

"The reality is that the Air Forces will not have a single of the six Mi-8T helicopters necessary for safe flying as early as in 2019. In continuation of the Mi-8T repairs we are already half-way through, we ensure continuity of the search-and-rescue operations, transport military equipment and solve the problem in the short run. However, speaking about the long-term perspective, the most optimal choice is introduction of a Western and a newer platform," Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis told BNS via his spokeswoman Vita Ramanauskaitė.

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