ORSHA DISTRICT, 14 June (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko visited Orsha Aircraft Repair Plant during his working trip to Vitebsk Oblast on 14 June, BelTA has learned.
Orsha Aircraft Repair Plant is Belarus' leading enterprise specializing in major overhaul and modernization of Mi helicopters, equipment and systems for various types of aircraft, and maintenance of IL-76 aircraft.
The head of state was made familiar with the operation of the enterprise, with the aerial vehicles the enterprise is repairing now, and with the construction of a new shop where helicopter and aircraft parts and modules will be repaired. The enterprise's Director General Pavel Sluchak said they intend to commission the new shop in 2023.
The executive noted: “It will be a new joint manufacturing enterprise. It will allow us to minimize all the purchases and create new jobs. The scale of the project including the equipment is roughly Br32-35 million.”
According to Pavel Sluchak, there are no problems with the enterprise's workload at present. The amount of work is sufficient to keep the enterprise operating in the black. “We have enough work for this year. Our traditional markets are Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America. There are a number of countries, contracts with which are fairly advanced, this is why we are moving forward,” he added.
The future development of the Orsha airfield was also discussed during the tour of Orsha Aircraft Repair Plant. The enterprise used to own these territories but later on they were handed over to the Minsk National Airport. Aleksandr Lukashenko was told that the airfield can handle any type of aircraft.
“Everything will be owned by the state here,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed. “The plant will be owned by the state, it is expanding. The airfield will be a state one. There is nothing to divide here, all of it is owned by the state.”