NATO Member Czech Republic said on Tuesday November 12th, that they would buy 12 helicopters from the United States. These helicopters will replace its aging MI-24. The aircraft of choice? Eight Bell UH-1Ys and eight Bell AH-1Zs. Both originating from the Huey family. The Czech Republic joined NATO in the 1999. Since the fall of communism in Eastern Europe the Czechs have relied heavily on old Soviet Union vehicles, weapons and aircraft. “The Army needs new helicopters. The son we get rid of our dependence of Russian technology the better” Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar said in a statement. The Total cost of everything comes to 630 million dollars (USD). The Czechs will get their aircraft by 2023.