Russian Helicopters Holding Company, part of Rostec State Corporation, has announced that it is in the process of completing a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre for Mi-8/17 helicopters based at the facilities of Helwan Factory for Developed Industries (HFDI) in Helwan, Egypt. Russian Helicopters hopes that the MRO centre will be certified in 2019.
“One of the key objectives of Russian Helicopters is to organise 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 holding intends to continue expanding its global network of authorised service centres.”
The centre will carry out maintenance and overhaul of Mi-8T and Mi-17-1V helicopters operated by Egyptian Air Force (EAF) during its initial phase. HFDI was fitted with the required equipment and conducted personnel training at the Aviation Training Center of Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant to make the MRO centre addition between 2015 and 2018.
“Egypt is a long-standing and strategically important partner for Rostec,” said Viktor Kladov, Director for International Co-operation and Regional Policy at Rostec. “We co-operate in a wide range of areas. At the same time, helicopter industry and after-sales service of equipment are one of the key areas of our cooperation. Certification of the helicopter service centre in Egypt opens up new opportunities for expanding cooperation with local partners.”
The Mi-8/17 helicopters can be deployed for usage in search and rescue, patrol missions, personnel transport and can also carry armament.