The Czech Republic may participate in a project to modernize Russian Mi-17 helicopters for the Bulgarian and Hungarian armies. Deputy Minister of Defense Jan Fulík told the Czech news agency ČTK about the project at a conference on upgrading military technology that started in Prague on Tuesday. The aim of the conference is to demonstrate that the Czech Republic is not only able to modernize the Russian-made helicopters for other NATO members, but that the country could in the future provide maintenance, repairs and upgrades for all NATO member states. Three Czechs helicopters that were recently sent to Afghanistan feature a unique new protection system. The Czech Republic is willing to offer this technology to other NATO members. The country is also the site of the only company licensed to provide general repair of Mi-17 helicopters.