Russian Helicopters is to establish a
maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center for Mi-8/17
helicopters based at the facilities of Helwan Factory for
Developed Industries (HFDI) in Helwan, Egypt. The MRO center will be certified in 2019.
first stage, the center will carry out maintenance and
overhaul of Mi-8T and Mi-17-1V helicopters operated by the
Egyptian Air Force, with plans for the Mi-17V-5 helicopter to be
added to the list in the future.
Over the last three years, Russian Helicopters
has supplied HFDI with the required equipment and conducted the
necessary personnel training at the Aviation Training Center of
Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant.
“One of the key
objectives of JSC Russian Helicopters is to organize a system of
after-sales support providing first-class service throughout the
complete life cycle of Russian-made rotorcraft,” said Igor Chechikov,
Deputy Director General for After-Sales Support of JSC Russian
Helicopters. “The company
intends to continue expanding its global network of authorized
service centers. Over the past three years, in cooperation with
our partners from HFDI we have performed a tremendous job
establishing the MRO center for Russian-made rotorcraft at the
factory’s facilities. The Egyptian side is already in the process of
performing a pilot Mi-8T and Mi-17-1V overhaul upon the results of
which we plan to proceed with certification of the center.”
Mi-8/17 helicopters, developed by Mil Moscow
Helicopter Plant (part of Russian Helicopters Holding Company), are
capable of medevac and humanitarian missions, cargo and passenger
transportation. Military-transport Mi-8/17
helicopters are designed to transport service personnel and to
carry cargo inside the cabin and on the external sling.