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The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, part of the Russian Helicopters holding (itself a component of the Rostec State Corporation) has delivered two Mi-8AMT helicopter kits to Kazakhstan which will be assembled in the country. The delivery is based on a trilateral contract signed by Kazakhstan Engineering, Kazakhstan’s Aircraft Repair Plant No. 405 and Russian Helicopters for semi-knock-down (SKD) assembly of Mi-8AMT / Mi-171E helicopters. The contract, signed in 2019, provides for a total of 17 helicopter kits during 2020-2022. The main customers for the Mi-8AMT helicopters in Kazakhstan are the National Guard under the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Committee for Emergency Situations, with the first batch being assembled for the latter.

Assembly and adaptation of the helicopters to the customer’s requirements will be carried out by the Aircraft Repair Plant No. 405 in the city of Almaty. The plant is certified by both Kazakhstan and international authorities for the repair, modernisation and maintenance of Mi-8/17/171 helicopters. The assembled aircraft will be tasked with transportation of passengers and goods, emergency rescue operations, forest protection, firefighting, ambulance services and law enforcement operations. The operational experience and extensive service network of the Aircraft Repair Plant No. 405 will provide integrated service support for customers in the field of deployment. Kazakhstan has been a long-term partner of the Russian Helicopters and the country operates dozens of Mi-8AMT / Mi-171 helicopters.

Jack Richardson