Mexico City, Mexico, 23 October 2017 — Ahead of the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov’s working visit to Mexico, the CEO of Rostec State Corporation, Andrey Boginsky attended the Centro de Helicópteros of the Mexican Ministry of National Defense. The representatives of the center have commended the high quality of the major repairs to Mi-17 helicopters conducted at the Novosibirsk aircraft repair plant in Russia.
The holding conducted major repairs to 19 Mi-17/Mi-17-1V helicopters of the Mexican Air Force and Navy in 2014-2015. According to the contract, all the systems and sub-assemblies of the helicopters, including the engines, the main gearbox and the auxiliary power unit, were repaired at the NARP. All sub-assemblies and components respected their life expectancy and none needed replacement. Rotor and anti-torque rotor blades of the helicopters were however replaced.
The overhauled Mi-17s successfully fulfill most difficult tasks for the benefit of the Mexican National Defense Ministry, including putting out fires and providing Sanevac during emergencies. Besides, Rostec has conducted training of 20 aviation experts on the exploitation programs of the Mi-17 and their engines, avionics and radio-electronic equipment.
“In connection with the passed life expectancy we submitted a proposal for the technical assistance with the exploitation of these machines to the Mexican party. Currently the holding company is expecting the response to the draft contract proposed for consideration from the Mexican military department . We plan to discuss these and other issues of our interaction additionally on Monday in the course of the meeting of the Russian Minister of Industry and Defense Denis Manturov and the Mexican Minister of National Defense General Salvador Sepeda”, the CEO of the Russian Helicopters Holding Company Andrey Boginsky claimed. <>