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22 March 2017, 19:13

Belarusian army to get second batch of Russian helicopters in April

MOSCOW, 22 March (BelTA) – The holding company Russian Helicopters will finish delivering the second batch of Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters in April, the company's press service told BelTA.

Andrei Boginsky, Director General of the Russian holding company, was quoted as saying: “Belarus has always been and remains an important strategic partner for us. We are glad we will be able to finish the contract on delivering 12 helicopters for the Belarusian Defense Ministry ahead of schedule. The final lot was initially supposed to be delivered in May 2017, however, the Kazan helicopter factory is ready to send the helicopters on their way in April.”

On 22 March a delegation of the Belarusian Defense Ministry led by Deputy Defense Minister Igor Lotenkov visited the Kazan helicopter factory of the holding company Russian Helicopters. Members of the delegation were made familiar with progress in preparing the second batch of the Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters for shipment. The head of the Belarusian Defense Ministry's acceptance commission presented a report on enabling the conditions for receiving the second batch of the helicopters.

The Belarusian delegation also went on a tour of the machining division of the Kazan helicopter factory where the program to modernize and retool the enterprise had begun. Members of the Belarusian delegation also saw how components and bodies of Mi-8/17, Ansat, and Mi-38 helicopters are assembled. Apart from that, the delegation went to see popular helicopter models in the final assembly shop where Mi-8MTV-1 and Mi-17V-5 were represented. Members of the delegation also saw the small series section where Ansat helicopters are assembled. The delegation demonstrated an interest in these light multipurpose flyers, said the company's press service.

The holding company Russian Helicopters is part of the state corporation Rostec. Russian Helicopters is Russia's only developer and manufacturer of helicopters. Headquartered in Moscow, the company operates five helicopter factories, two engineering offices, enterprises to make and service components, enterprises to offer aircraft repair and maintenance services. A company is dedicated to providing aftersales services in Russia and abroad. Customers of the holding company Russian Helicopters include the Russian Defense Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Emergencies Ministry, other government agencies, the air carriers Gazprom Avia and UTair, major Russian and foreign companies.

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