Turks and Ukrainians will repair Russian helicopters
ANKARA, ($1= 8.51 Turkish Liras) – THK Teknik A.Ş. signed a framework contract with Ukrspetsexport [part of Ukroboronprom] to establish a Mi-17 helicopter repair base in Turkey. The relevant framework agreement was signed at the International Exhibition IDEF – 2021, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defense Express.
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According to the Concern’s press service, the successful experience of implementing previous contracts and creating new facilities will allow repairing in the interests of both Turkish consumers and third countries.
The document was signed as part of the 15th International Defense Industry Exhibition IDEF-2021, which takes place from 17 to 20 August in Istanbul, where Ukrainian defense companies are widely represented [23 participating companies are participating].
According to the press service of Ukroboronprom, the future partners are THK Teknik A.Ş. has been operating under various names since 1925 and provide a wide range of services: from the maintenance of aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of more than 5,700 kg to the repair of gliders and helicopters.
The Turkish company, which currently employs about a hundred specialists, has four hangars, several line stations, and workshops, the number of which is constantly growing. Production facilities are certified by permits SHY-145 and SHY-147 of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation of Turkey.
It should also be added that representatives of THK Teknik have previously announced plans to establish a repair center for Mi-17 helicopters in partnership with Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant “Aviacon” under the coordination of “Ukrspetsexport”. which are in service in Turkey, and for the repair of Mi-17 purchased by other states.
It will be recalled that in 2018, Ukraine won a tender worth $ 40 million for the repair and modernization of 17 Mi-17 helicopters owned by the Turkish gendarmerie. This contract was performed by the above-mentioned “Aviacon” and Zaporizhia JSC “Motor Sich”.
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