Essentially, the Croatian AF will acquire 10-15 Mi-171Sh multi-puprose helicopters straight from the Ulan-Ude plant in Russia, as compensation for the former Soviet Union's debt to former Yugoslav countries. Final high-level negotiations are to start by the end of this month.
Of the total debt to Croatia, $65 million (roughly a third) are allocated for the helis. The "starting bid" is $7 million per helicopter and this includes spares, maintenance tools, test equipment, basic armament and crew training.
However, the AF is trying to negotiate more machines for less, and to equip them the best they can, given the $65 million limitation. Some additional modifications will be necessary, since the AF wants a type of navigation equipment (not specified in the article) that is not produced at the Ulan-Ude plant, and this will come out of the AF's own budget.
There are no specific dates, but the article states that the first helicopter will be due to arrive no more than 6 months after the start of production, with two additional being, I presume, ferried every 45 days.
The proposed machines will be virtually identical to the Czech airforce examples pictured below:
Photo © Daniel Rybka
Photo © Jaroslav Spacek