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Almaty City Rescue Takes Delivery of Mi-8AMT Helicopter

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Russian Helicopters has delivered a multirole Mi-8AMT helicopter to the Almaty City Rescue Service, Akimat Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Almaty City Rescue Service's Mi-8AMT helicopter, built at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, was fitted with special equipment enabling it to carry out search and rescue operations and transport cargo as well as passengers.

 Its search and rescue function is supported by the LPG-150M winch and external sling, which has a hydraulic weighing system. Additional external fuel tanks can be fitted, increasing the helicopter's range to 1,065 km. While the improved cabin can comfortably seat up to 12 people.

"The city of Almaty boasts a population of 1.5 million, and is the rapidly growing southern capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan. We pay significant attention to issues related to equipping the Rescue Service with the latest technology, specialist technology and equipment," said Almaty's Akim (head of a local government) Akhmetzhan Esimov. "We hope that the Mi-8AMT will successfully carry out operations to prevent emergencies, emergency response operations, and to offer first aid to residents of and visitors to the capital. There are plans to further expand the Rescue Service's helicopter fleet which will be used during events such as the Worldwide Youth Universiade in 2017, and in construction work on the Kok Zhaylau world-class ski resort."

Aftersales maintenance support for Russian helicopters in Kazakhstan is carried out by Aircraft Repair Plant No. 405 in Almaty. Certified for the whole Central Asian region, the plant offers a range of technical service, repair and modernisation services to Mi and Ka helicopters operated by the Kazakhstan's Defence Ministry, the Kazakhstan National Security Committee's (KNB) Border Service, the Kazakhstan's Interior Ministry, as well as other states and commercial aviation firms.

A technical service and repair centre has also been opened in Kazakhstan's Aktobe to handle a variety of issues, and there are plans to open maintenance and service support centres in Kazakhstan's capital Astana, and in the cities of Aktau, Atyrau, Shymkent, and Oskemen.

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