16-Nov-2018 Source: Russian Helicopters
Holding “Helicopters of Russia” (part of Rostec State Corporation) at the Airshow China 2018 exhibition held negotiations with the United Company United Aviation Technology on the organization of a center for the maintenance and repair of Russian helicopters in Shenzhen (China). The corresponding contract is planned to be signed before the end of the year.
In February 2016, the holding signed a framework agreement with CITIC Offshore Helicopters, AVIC International and Avicopter (formed the Chinese joint venture United Aviation Technology) governing the creation of a center for the repair and maintenance of Russian Ka-32A11BC and Mi-171 helicopters in Shenzhen. The Chinese side also expressed interest in retrofitting a repair base in Tianjin to carry out similar work.
“Russian Helicopters and United Aviation Technology are currently considering a draft general contract for the establishment of a maintenance and repair center for Ka-32A11BC and Mi-171 helicopters in Shenzhen, as well as a draft contract for conducting a technical audit of an aircraft repair base in Tianjin. At the Airshow China, we held another round of talks in order to sign both documents by the end of the year, ”said Andrei Boginsky, Director General of the Russian Helicopters holding.
He added that, possessing a large fleet of Russian helicopters, the Chinese side is interested in the prompt opening of authorized repair sites on its territory. This step will provide a qualified service of helicopters throughout its life cycle.
“China is one of the largest operators of Russian-made helicopters, the number of registered Russian aircraft exceeds 300 units. Mi-8/17 and Ka-32A11BC helicopters are successfully operated throughout China, in particular, in regions with difficult terrain and harsh climatic conditions” , – said Anatoly Serdyukov, Industrial Director of Rostec Aviation Cluster. “The creation of a center for maintenance and repair of Ka-32A11BC and Mi-171 helicopters in Shenzhen is an important infrastructure project that to help increase the competitiveness and export potential of our helicopters. We expect to sign a contract by the end of the year. “