Russia to open aviation service centre in Africa


Russian aviation holding company Technodinamika plans to open an aviation service centre in Africa in 2018.

This was announced by Deputy General Director of Technodinamika’s Innovations, Development and Sales division, Alexander Litvinov at the African Aerospace and Defense 2016 exhibition held outside Pretoria between 14 and 18 September.
“At the first stage, the Centre will render services on the detection and reception of aviation component. A parts warehouse will be organized in the same place. At the second stage we localize air component repair in Africa, making it possible to significantly expedite the servicing of aircraft,” Litvinov said.
“According to our strategy, as early as 2020 the holding company’s maintenance service earnings outside of Russia [will] amount to nearly 1 billion Rubles [$15 million]. In addition, our presence in this region will increase the competitive position of Russian machines in the eyes of potential customers.”

Technodinamika estimates the African market for Russian after sales aviation support to be worth more than 2 billion Rubles.

The company plans to open branches in South Africa and Algeria.

The service centre will address demand for the maintenance of Russian-made aircraft operating in Africa and the Middle East. More than 1 000 Russian aircraft are being operated in Africa alone, Russian state defence company Rostec said.

Technodinamika will have a warehouse for the storage of consumables and frequently failing non-repairable items while wheels and brakes, electromechanisms, starters, sensors, heaters and ground equipment are planned to be repaired on site. Other components will be shipped to the manufacturer for repair.

Technodinamika has already opened an Aviation Service Centre office in India, as well as announced the opening of an Aviation Service Centre in Latin America.

Technodinamika was established in 2009 and includes 36 companies employing more than 30 000 people. Its components are installed on all Russian-made aircraft, such as Tu-204/214, Il-114, An-148, Tu-154, Il-96, Yak-42, Il-76, An-124, Be-200 and Tu-204C transport aircraft and helicopters such as the Mi-8/17, Ka-27/29/31, Ka-26, Mi-26, Mi-34, Ka-226, Ansat and Mi-38.

The company’s main customers include United Aircraft Corporation, Russian Helicopters, Sukhoi, United Engine Corporation and many Russian airlines, such as Aeroflot, Sibir, UTair, Russia and Transaero. Technodinamika has a roughly 50% share of the Russian aviation component market.

AAD 2016 was the first time Technodinamika had attended the exhibition. “It is the first time we present ourselves on the African market, so it is very important to tell most about our company and demonstrate our key competencies,” Litvinov said.

Technodinamika offers electric power, landing gear, safety, fuel and hydraulic, actuation, and parachute and aerial delivery systems, ground support equipment, engine components and auxiliary power units, fire protection systems, oxygen systems, inert gas systems, and air conditioning systems. The company also provides warranty, repair, and maintenance services.

There are few Russian aircraft maintenance facilities in Africa. However, in March 2013 Denel Aviation and Russian Helicopters launched a service centre for Russian civilian helicopters in South Africa to cater to the 600 Russian built rotorcraft on the continent. It is not clear how successful this venture has been though.