By Abdul Kerimkhanov
French aircraft manufacturer Airbus signed a letter of intent on April 17 to supply 34 helicopters to Uzbekistan, Jean-Baptiste Lemoine, Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, told journalists at a briefing during his visit to Tashkent.
“This project has already been implemented for several years, and we are discussing its continuation. Those are helicopters that will help strengthen the sovereignty of Uzbekistan and also allow equipping services with transport, for example, for medical evacuation,” Lemoine said.
The price of the helicopters has not yet been announced, but Lemoine noted that the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov, with whom he met on April 17, expressed satisfaction with the discount.
Lemoine noted that a project will be implemented with the support of France at the Charvak hydroelectric station in the Tashkent region to develop an integrated hydropower plant management strategy. The total project cost is estimated at 60 million euros.
Airbus is an international reference in the aerospace sector. The company designs, manufactures and delivers industry-leading commercial aircraft, helicopters, military transports, satellites and launch vehicles, as well as provides data services, navigation, secure communications, urban mobility and other solutions for customers on a global scale.
Airbus strives to provide the most efficient helicopter solutions to its customers who serve, protect, save lives and safely carry passengers in demanding environments. Its helicopters are in service across more than 150 countries worldwide, performing nearly every type of vertical flight tasks. The company’s product line offers the full spectrum of rotary-wing aircraft solutions for civil, government, military, law enforcement and parapublic uses.
Abdul Kerimkhanov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @AbdulKerim94
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