"I think it means a few things", Esper said on Thursday as quoted in a pool report when asked about the deal’s significance. "First of all, it signals the Czech Republic's commitment to modernizing its armed forces and to meeting its NATO goals. Secondly, it reaffirms another major step forward in the cooperation between our two countries. And third: It marks the Czech Republic's continuing commitment to NATO. So I think this is a very positive event and I'm glad that we could do this and I hope we can do more".
The agreement on the sale of eight UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters and four AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters was signed by Czech Republic's Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper.
The helicopters will be in the Czech armed forces' inventory by the end of 2023, according to Metnar.