ZHUHAI, China, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The sole Russian rotorcraft designer and manufacturer, Russian Helicopters, is on its way to establish a maintenance centers for Mi-171 and Ka-32A11BC helicopters in China. This was reported by the press service of the Rostec Corporation’ subsidiary, after having talks on the topic with the Chinese company United Aviation Technology, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The General Director of the holding, Andrey Boginsky, is quoted by Russian Helicopters’ press service as saying that both companies are currently considering two draft contracts – one general for the building of a maintenance center for Ka-32A11BC and Mi-171 in Shenzhen, and another – for an aircraft repair base conducting a technical audit of in Tianjin. He also reveals that Russian Helicopters and the Chinese United Aviation Technology have held another “round of talks” at the International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, concerning the signing of both documents by the end of this year.
The establishment of such centers, according to the Aviation Cluster Industrial Director of the state corporation, Rostec, Anatoly Serdyukov, is the most significant infrastructure project, because it will ensure to the Russian helicopter technology increased competitiveness and export potential. He states: “China is one of the largest operators of Russian-made helicopters, the number of registered Russian aircraft exceeds 300 units. Mi-8/17 and Ka-32A11BC helicopters are successfully operated throughout China, particularly in hard-to-reach regions and regions with severe climate conditions.”
A press service official reminded that a similar framework agreement, namely for the opening of a Russian helicopters’ center for repair and maintenance in Shenzhen, was secured in February 2016. It was between the Russian holding and the Chinese CITIC Offshore Helicopter, AVIC International and Avicopter, enterprises that formed the Chinese joint venture United Aviation Technology.
At the same time, a spokesperson of Russian helicopters unveiled China’s plans to purchase six Russian Mi-171A2 multipurpose helicopters by the end of 2022, which was earlier confirmed by China General Aviation Service at the Airshow China 2018.
The CEO of Russian Helicopters, Andrei Boginsky said supply contracts signed with such a major operator as the China General Aviation Service, would be in favor of the Russian rotorcraft developer in awarding additional orders. The company also says that the validation of the certificate for Mi-171A2 in China, is in process.
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