The Ukrainian government is to procure a number of European helicopters to be used for a range of military and para-public operations, national media reported on 24 March.
The country is to sign a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of 55 new H125, H145, and H225 platforms to be used by the Ukrainian National Guard (UNG), as well as by government and law enforcement agencies.
The Interfax-Ukraine news agency that reported the planned deal did not provide a break-down of these helicopter numbers, and neither did it disclose a contract value or planned delivery timelines. Airbus Helicopters told Jane’s that it does not comment on discussions with potential customers.
As noted by Jane’s World Armies , the UNG was a civil police organisation before being placed under the operational control of the army following the invasion and annexation of Crimea by Russia in early 2014. It now numbers around 46,000 personnel, and is equipped with similar equipment as the army. While the Ukrainian Army fields several Soviet-era helicopter types, comprising Mil Mi-2/6/8/9/24/26s, it is not known whether any of these are operated by the UNG.
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