In December, a team from the Multinational Office of Special Projects delivered four UH-1H Huey II aircraft and support equipment to the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The MASPO team coordinated contract actions, arranged transportation and assisted in loading helicopters onto an Antonov, An-124, Ruslan cargo plane at Huntsville International Airport. After loading the helicopters on December 4, the An-124 departed for Sarajevo International Airport.
After final testing and acceptance of the new aircraft, the helicopters were officially transferred to the AFBiH in a ceremony on December 10. According to a European Command press release, the transfer is a direct result of US EUCOM’s partnership with the State Department and AFBiH. through the European recapitalization incentive programme. Through the ERIP, the department helps European partners and allies move away from equipment inherited from the USSR or manufactured in Russia in order to reduce Russian influence on defense purchases of partners and allies. The press release adds that they have been working on this project since 2018.
MASPO Deputy Product Manager for the Scout-Attack Product Office, Cory Hardin, deployed to Bosnia to ensure a smooth transfer of the aircraft to AFBiH.
“The delivery of four Bell Huey II aircraft to the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina was a major victory for the PEO Aviation-MASPO team as well as our industry partner, Bell Textron Inc.,” Hardin said. “Leveraging an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has expedited the FMS process and facilitated the delivery of much needed advanced aeronautical capability to our ally, Bosnia and Herzegovina. These helicopters provide the AFBiH with enhanced search and rescue, firefighting, and civilian support capabilities and further strengthen the relationship between the United States and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
With this delivery, MASPO has increased its global footprint as the Department of Defense and Army office responsible for providing affordable, off-program rotary-wing aircraft to our partners and allies around the world.