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30 January 2020, 19:23

Orsha Aircraft Repair Plant to expand

ORSHA DISTRICT, 30 January (BelTA) – Orsha Aircraft Repair Plant intends to build a new fitting and machining shop in 2020, the company's Director General Pavel Sluchak told BelTA.

Pavel Sluchak
Pavel Sluchak

The company grows larger with new manufacturing divisions. A new shop is being built and is supposed to open this year. Teams responsible for repairing electric equipment, aviation weapons and equipment will move into the new premises then. It will be a large shop, three floors in some places, Pavel Sluchak noted.

Orsha Aircraft Repair Plant is being modernized in line with the Belarus president decree on the development of Orsha District. The company started repairing more Mi-24 helicopters for the Belarusian Defense Ministry since the state took over the management of the company. The company now operates in strict compliance with its development program. All the financial, economic, and social targets were hit last year. “The company operated in the black. Production figures increased considerably while the size of salaries almost doubled,” the executive added.

Orsha Aircraft Repair Plant provides services domestically and to foreign partners from African and Asian countries. The company has its hands full for the year.

Representatives of the Belarusian army came to Orsha Aircraft Repair Plant on 30 January to perform acceptance trials of a Mi-24 helicopter the company had repaired. Since July 2018 the company has repaired three helicopters for the Belarusian army. A fourth one is in the pipeline. After turnaround maintenance the repaired hardware gets a new lease on life. The coat of paint gets renewed in a new coating chamber.

Dmitry Chopko
Dmitry Chopko

Major Dmitry Chopko of the Belarusian Air Force noted that the army is satisfied with the quality of the work Orsha Aircraft Repair Plant does and the quality gets better every time. “Acceptance trials represent a great deal of work. Six specialists are involved, with each of them taking care of his own area of expertise,” the officer said.

The repaired Mi-24 helicopter is expected to perform a check flight. It will have to land at the Machulishchi airfield near Minsk on 31 January.

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