Four brand new BELL-HUEY II helicopters arrived at Sarajevo Airport today, on a direct cargo flight from Huntsville in the USA onboard of an Antonov 124 aircraft. The total package includes four helicopters, tools, ground support equipment, spare parts, 2️ year warranty, as well as training of the pilots of Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Force and maintainers operating and performing maintenance on this type of aircraft.
Antonov 124 transported four helicopters from Huntsville, USA to Sarajevo (photos by Nedim Lihovac @approach.sarajevo
This will increase the readiness of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina to support civilian authorities to respond to emergencies and natural disasters, to include medical evacuation, firefighting, search and rescue, as well as other missions defined by legal framework.
Total package cost is $38.5 million – US financed $34.2 million while Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry of Defense financed $4.3 million.
The official handover of the helicopter for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Armed Forces is planned after the test flights, in the presence of the media and high-ranking officials. We would like to inform the citizens that in the coming days, and as of today, they can expect increased helicopter activity in the area of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.