Finland has donated two surplus army Mil Mi-8 transport helicopters to Hungary, the nation's defence ministry has revealed.

Gifted to the eastern European nation under the umbrella of a multi-national helicopter initiative established by NATO in late 2009, the aircraft will be used to support training activities, the ministry said.

A Hungarian delegation will take possession of the aircraft on 25 August, it added.

"The Mi-8 helicopters, their spare parts and other small materiel are being donated to Hungary free of charge," the defence ministry said in a 12 August announcement.

"The costs incurred for transport will be borne by Hungary, which will also be in charge of all maintenance work carried out after the donation," the ministry added.

 Finnish Mi-8 13 - Craig Hoyle
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Previously operated by the Utti Jaeger Regiment's helicopter battalion, the Mi-8s entered service in 1981, and have been replaced by NH Industries NH90 tactical transport helicopters.

The Hungarian air force already has an active fleet of four Mi-8/17 transports, as listed in Flightglobal's HeliCAS database.

Source: Flight International