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Newsletter #339     | News

Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport deliver first 2 Mi-17V-5 helicopters to Serbia


Russian Helicopters delivered 2 new Mi-17V5 medium military-transport helicopters to Serbia under agreement signed in September 2015.


Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport deliver first 2 Mi-17V-5 helicopters to Serbia

Serbian Ministry of Defense first contract for new helicopters



Russian Helicopters, June 29, 2016 - Moscow - Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, delivered two medium military-transport helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Serbia.

The rotorcraft was manufactured at Kazan Helicopter Plant. The delivery was carried out under a contract signed by Rosoboronexport.

The agreement was signed in September 2015 and was fulfilled on time. In addition to the manufacturing of helicopters, it also provided for retraining pilots of the Serbian air force and technical personnel.

"This is the first contract with the Serbian Ministry of Defense for the supply of new helicopters. Its timely implementation is very important and will contribute to further development of relations between our two countries. When we receive a request from the Serbian side, we will be ready to provide timely after-sales service," said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev.

In addition, under the terms of the contract Serbian crews of four pilots and two flight engineers were trained at the Kazan Helicopter Plant’s Aviation Training Center (ATC). The retraining included a theoretical course, simulator training, as well as daytime and night flights. In addition to the pilots, three master technicians and four radio-electronic equipment.specialists also completed the course.

Starting this year the ATC is implementing a program of outreach flight training for helicopter crews. This project is unique in that the flights are tailors to each country’s specific terrain and weather conditions, which helps pilots learn the technique of flight operations. Kazan Helicopter Plant specialists will also conduct flight training in Serbia.

The Aviation Training Center at Kazan Helicopter Plant was established in 1995. In over 20 years it trained nearly 9,000 professionals. The Center offers courses for retraining and advanced training of flight and technical staff by instructors who are the company’s leading specialists. The ATC staff is taught at leading helicopter centers in Russia and abroad, constantly improves teaching skills, and receives certification from aircraft manufacturing companies. All training programs for civil aviation at the ATC are approved by the Federal Agency of Air Transport (Rosaviatsia). The ATC provides training on Mi-8/17 and Ansat helicopters. In the future, there are plans to establish a similar program for the Mi-38 helicopter training.

Russian Helicopters, (part of State Corporation Rostec), is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. In 2015 its IFRS revenues increased 29,5% to RUB 220,0 billion. Deliveries reached 212 helicopters.


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