By Nigar Abbasova
Russian Helicopters Holding will open a centre on the maintenance of Mi-8/17 family of helicopters in Azerbaijan, Tass reported citing Igor Chechikov the deputy director general of the holding on the after sale services.
The relevant agreement is expected to be signed during the ADEX-2016 exhibition, which is scheduled for the end of September, 2016.
The company is planning to open a service center on the maintenance and overhaul of MI-8/17 helicopter equipment of civilian designation at the premises of Silk Way Helicopter Services.
He also mentioned that the possibility of future expansion of the centre and implementation of maintenance services for helicopters designed for military use is also under consideration.
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia plans to create a helicopter center and aircraft assembly plant in the capital city of Azerbaijan, mentioning that this will allow the country to join the narrow circle of countries, which have aircraft-building industries. He also mentioned that there are many planes and helicopters of the Soviet and Russian production in Azerbaijan. So, they will be modernized and serviced in Azerbaijan.
Mi-8/17 series is the most successful and the most widely operated in the history of Russia’s helicopter industry due to their advanced flight capabilities, high level of reliability and adaptability, ability to operate in a wide range of climatic conditions (from -50 to +50 degrees Celsius) and ease of operation and maintenance. The helicopters can be fitted with a wide range of additional equipment to tackle a variety of missions.
Being a part of Russian State Corporation Rostec, Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the global helicopter industry. Along with being the sole Russian helicopter designer and manufacturer, the holding is considered to be one of the few companies worldwide with the capability to design, manufacture, service and test modern civilian and military helicopters
Silk Way Helicopter Services, which is a part of SW Group, is considered to be the largest airline operating in the field of small aviation.
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