16.02.2016 Russian Helicopters plans first repairs of military helicopters in Vietnam
Plans to develop an after-sales system for Russian-made military helicopters in Vietnam were addressed during the 17th conference of the Vietnam-Russia Intergovernmental Committee for Military Technical Cooperation, which was held late in 2015.
Now, Russian Helicopters will perform a scheduled technical audit of the joint Russo-Vietnamese repair venture HELITECHO to check its compliance with requirements to perform maintenance and repairs of the Mi-8/17 helicopters. “In case of a positive result, the repairs of Russian-made civil helicopters in Vietnam will be continued,” said Igor Chechikov, Russian Helicopter’s deputy CEO for aftersales service. “In addition, as part of our partnership, we will consider the possibility to organize repairs of the Mi-8/17 military helicopters operated by the Ministry of Defense of Vietnam at HELITECHCO. It would involve reequipping the enterprise and additional training of specialists.”
Russo-Vietnamese helicopter repairing company HELITECHCO was founded in 1994. Since then the company has repaired more than 80 civil helicopters belonging to government and commercial operators in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, India, Australia and New Zealand. Today, HELITECHCO is the only aviation repairing company in Southeast Asia supervised by the builder of the legendary Mi- series - Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters.
In addition to cooperation in repairs of military helicopters, the Ministry of Defense of Vietnam showed interest in Ansat helicopters for training purposes.
As part of the bilateral dialogue, HELITECHCO is planning to participate in the Singapore Airshow 2016, February 16 to 21. HELITECHCO will be featured at the Russian Helicopters pavilion and will perform joint cobranding actions as part of the expo.