The General Staff of the Armed Forces of North Macedonia has approved the Mi-24 helicopter supply to Ukraine, Slavjanka Petrovska, the Minister of Defense of North Macedonia, reports.
She notes that North Macedonia is ready to provide 12 helicopters that it has bought from Ukraine in 2001. The country will buy new Western aircraft instead.
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According to Defence24, only 4 aircraft out of 12 Mi-24 and 4 Mi-8/17 helicopters are being used (2 of each type).
Moreover, these 4 aircraft and 4 Mi-24B helicopters have been modernized jointly with Elbit Systems (an Israel-based international defense electronics company) during the last decade.
They are adapted for cooperation with NATO forces, equipped with avionics, which allows to use the night-vision googles (NVG) and the aviators night vision imaging system head-up display (ANVIS/HUD).
The Minister also claims that the cost of such donation is estimated at 30 million euro. But the U.S. will give North Macedonia 139 million dollars for new helicopters.
She adds that the government will consider the supply on March 29, 2023.
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