Russian Helicopters has unveiled plans to
provide after-sales service and maintenance for helicopters
operated in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The total fleet of Russian helicopters
operating in the region exceeds 400.
Mi-8/17 helicopters are the most popular,
at 320 units. There are 60 Soviet and Russian-made helicopters in
Cuba today for example, about 50 of them are Mi-8/17s.
Russian Helicopters will also offer
comprehensive services to expand helicopters' operational
capabilities via a modernisation programme.
Military-transport helicopters will be offered
integrated digital avionics, new engines, modernised rotor system
and gears, electro-optical protection systems against SAMs and
MANPADS, and other recent developments. Commercial helicopters
will be offered new digital avionics systems and additional
equipment, enabling them to be used in search and rescue and
passenger transport operations.
Russian Helicopters is also willing to modernise
and repair military helicopters. Under Licence dated 30.09.2014
No. 2014214207, Russian Helicopters has the right to export spare
parts, components, special training and auxiliary equipment, as
well as technical documentation for military helicopters already
delivered, and to carry out works to extend their service life,
repair and modernisation (including design research and
development work), utilisation and other works comprising full
service provision for military helicopters, and training foreign
specialists to carry out these works.
Aftersales service provision for helicopters
operated in Latin America and the Caribbean will draw on the
production capacity at the Yu. A. Gagarin Aircraft Repair Plant
Russian Helicopters is in talks with their Cuban
counterparts on formulating the proposal for retooling the plant
and authorising it as an entity that is empowered to carry out
aftersales service and maintenance on Soviet-made and Russian-made
military and commercial helicopters.
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