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Russian Helicopters plans to expand maintenance services in Serbia

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World Aviation Defense & Security Industry News - Russian Helicopters
 
 
Russian Helicopters plans to expand maintenance services in Serbia
 
Russian aircraft manufacturer Russian Helicopters, a Rostec subsidiary, is ready to provide quality servicing of the Mil Mi-8/17 (NATO reporting name: Hip) helicopters operated in Serbia, its press office told journalists on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.
     
Russian Helicopters plans to expand maintenance services in Serbia 640 001A Serbian Mil Mi-8 Hip utility helicopter
     
For this purpose, the company is looking into the facilities of Serbian aircraft plant Moma Stanojlovic and its subcontractors in order to gage the feasibility of modifying them accordingly.

The Russian and Serbian partners agree that the plant’s facilities may be expanded through wooing neighboring European Union countries flying Russian helicopters too to have their aircraft maintained in Serbia.

"We prioritize proactive aftersales support programs for Russian-made civilian and military helicopters all over the world," Igor Chechikov, director for aftersales support, Russian Helicopters, said. "Serbia and other European countries are users of Mi-8/17 helicopters that need maintenance."

The Russian Helicopters maintenance center network spans all key areas of the globe, including Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The Russian-built Mi-8 and Mi-17 utility helicopters rank second in the world in terms of sales, according to the Flight International analytical center’s report on the prospects of the world’s air forces.

According to the report, there were 2,555 Mi-8/17 helicopters in the world, totaling 13% of the world’s helicopter fleet, as of late 2015. The Russian rotorcraft are slightly behind the world’s bestseller, the Sikorsky Aircraft S-70/SH-60/UH-60, accounting for 3,583, or 18%, of the world’s helicopter fleet.
     
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