During the 7th International Exhibition of Technology for Defence and Prevention of Natural Disasters SITDEF-2019 – currently running in Lima, Peru, at the headquarters of the Peruvian Army – the Russian Helicopter holding released the information about the planned service centre to be established in Peru.
´We are working closely with our Peruvian partners in creating a mobile service centre for maintenance of the multi-purpose Mi-171Sh helicopter in close to the city of Arequipa. The holding has currently finished the first installation and commissioning stage under a contract with Rosoboronexport. Further work will continue in October, as agreed with the Peruvian side. We are planning to finish all operations this year and provide further support to our partners during the first helicopter repairs´, said the Deputy Director General for Aftersales Services, Igor Chechikov.
The service centre consists of three different maintenance lines: for full airframe overhaul of the Mi-171Sh, mechanical system aggregate maintenance and aviation/radioelectric equipment maintenance.
In 12 countries in North and South America, including Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina and Chile, more than 370 helicopters, both civilian and military, manufactured in the USSR and Russia are functioning. Peru operates over 90 civilian and military Mi-8/17 helicopters produced in the USSR and Russian Federation, the highest amount on the continent.
At the exhibition, the holding’s experts will hold discussions about the questions concerning both service maintenance and repairs of the Mi-8/17 series of helicopters operated in Peru. It is also planned to negotiate with both Peruvian partners and representatives of other countries on the acquisition of modern Russian civilian technology and its possible deliveries to foreign customers.
During the SITDEF-2019 the holding is promoting the light multi-purpose helicopter Ansat, that recently was certified for the use in mountainous terrain at altitudes up to 3,500 meters; the Mi-8/17 series of helicopters, including the Mi-171A2 as the helicopter with the flight characteristic allowing to operate the aircraft in humid tropical climate and the multipurpose Mi-38, which occupies a niche between the middle Mi-8 and heavy Mi-26.
Photos courtesy of JSC “Russian Helicopters” / Rostec State Corporation. “Russian Helicopters” press materials were used.