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Hungary receives batch of overhauled Mi-17 helicopters

World Aviation Defense & Security News - Hungary
Hungary receives batch of overhauled Mi-17 helicopters
Russian Helicopters Group, part of Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation, has overhauled four Mil Mi-17 military transport rotorcraft under a contract signed with the Hungarian Defense Ministry in July 2016, the group’s press office said.
Hungary receives batch of overhauled Mi 17 helicopter 640 001The Hungarian Air Force currently flies a fleet of 14 Mil Mi-17 helicopers
(Credit: Hungarian MoD)
The customer has already received the helicopters, the press office added.

"The batch of helicopters was overhauled by the Aircraft Plant in Novosibirsk [in West Siberia]. The plant restored engines and bodies and replaced main and anti-torque rotor blades, electrical wiring and hydraulic systems. As a result, the helicopters’ service life was extended by eight years or 2,000 flight hours," the press office said.

"Under the contract signed with the Hungarian Defense Ministry, the Russian company furnished the helicopters with required equipment. The repaired helicopters have already been delivered to Hungary," the press office added.

The fifth Mi-17 helicopter is planned to be repaired for the Hungarian Armed Forces in September 2017 under a separate agreement, the press office said.

The Mi-8/Mi-17 rotorcraft are produced by the Ulan-Ude Aircraft Plant and the Kazan Helicopter Plant that are subsidiaries of Russian Helicopters Group.

As of 2016, more than 12,000 helicopters of the type had been produced, which was a world record-breaking figure among two-engine rotorcraft. Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopters were delivered to more than 100 foreign countries and all of them logged about 100 million flight hours.

The Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant services, overhauls and upgrades all military and civil versions of the Mi-8/17 and Mi-26T (Halo) helicopters and the Mi-24 (Hind) and Mi-35 multipurpose military rotorcraft.

The plant also provides maintenance and repair for systems and units of helicopters over their whole inter-repair period and supplies spare parts to operators.

Over the years, the plant has repaired more than 6,500 helicopters.
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