Russian Helicopters will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) support to Russian made helicopters in Egypt, specifically the Egyptian Air Force’s Mi-8T and Mi-17-1V transport helicopters.
Russian Helicopters on 8 December said the Helwan Factory for Developed Industries – part of the state-owned Arab Organisation for Industrialisation – will be retooled in order to provide technical support. “The Egyptian Air Force’s fleet of 41 Mi-8Ts and 3 Mi-17-1V helicopters will all undergo comprehensive repair work at this facility,” the company said.
“We feel it is vital to build upon the already positive image that Russian-made helicopters have abroad. That is why we are prioritising work to establish an after-sales network providing first-class maintenance and repair services for Russian-made helicopters throughout their full life-cycle,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said.
“We urge all those who operate our helicopters globally to take this opportunity to use the after-sales service provision offered by Russian Helicopters or certified enterprises, and to steer clear of dubious suppliers and providers – after all, the lives of pilots and many others depend on the quality of the components used and of the repairs and maintenance work carried out.”
Egyptian specialists will be trained to carry out comprehensive repairs to Mi-8T, Mi-17-1V and Mi-17V-5 models at Russian Helicopters’ Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant. Russian Helicopters will provide design and technical support for these repairs for a two year period.
The Helwan Factory for Developed Industries was created in 1978, and manufactured the Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) SA 341/342 Gazelle through a licence-build agreement with Westland. The company has also previously undertaken MRO work on Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters.
Today, more than 12 000 Mi-8/17 series helicopters have been produced and delivered to 100 countries.