19-Jan-2022 Source: Rostec
The delivery was made under a trilateral agreement between NC Kazakhstan Engineering JSC, Aircraft Repair Plant No. 405 JSC and the Russian Helicopters holding company to organize the SKD assembly of Mi-8AMT/Mi-171E helicopters. The contract, concluded in 2019, provides for the supply of 17 helicopter kits until 2023, four of them were transferred by the holding in 2021.
The assembly and adaptation of helicopters to customer requirements is carried out at the aircraft repair plant No. 405 in the city of Alma-Ata, which is competent in the repair and maintenance of the life cycle of Mi-8 helicopters in the Central Asian region.
“The plant is certified by Kazakhstani and international authorities for the repair, modernization and maintenance of Mi-8/171 helicopters. Today, the enterprise has significantly expanded its competence in final assembly, painting, retrofitting of machines in accordance with the requirements of customers. This format of cooperation indicates a high level of trust and industrial cooperation, and we are ready to continue developing this partnership with our Kazakh colleagues,” said Nikolai Kolesov, Director General of the Russian Helicopters holding.
Six Mi-8AMT helicopters, assembled by Aircraft Repair Plant No. 405, as part of the localization of production in the Republic of Kazakhstan, have already been flown and handed over to the operator – the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Another Mi-171E helicopter kit is in the process of being assembled.
The main customers of the Mi-8AMT/Mi-171E helicopters in Kazakhstan are the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the National Guard of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Helicopters are designed for the transportation of passengers and cargo, emergency rescue operations, forest protection, fire fighting, provision of air ambulance services, and law enforcement tasks.
Kazakhstan is a long-standing partner of the Russian Helicopters holding, several dozens of Mi-8 helicopters are operated in the country. In addition, the republic became the first foreign operator of the Mi-171A2 helicopter.