Russian Helicopters, part of the Rostec State Corporation, has delivered two Mi-8AMT helicopter knock-down kits to Kazakhstan.
The delivery is based on a trilateral contract signed by Kazakhstan Engineering 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. The first batch of Mi-8AMT kits will assembled for the needs of the Committee for Emergency Situations.
“I’m confident that successful implementation of the semi-knock-down assembly project of Mi-8AMT / Mi-171 helicopters in Kazakhstan will become a significant step forward in the development of the country’s helicopter industry and will allow local enterprises to increase their scientific and technical potential”, said Leonid Belykh, Managing Director of the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Russian Helicopters.
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, he added.
The assembled helicopters will be tasked with transportation of passengers and goods, emergency rescue operations, forest protection, firefighting, ambulance services and law enforcement operations.
Kazakhstan has been a long-term partner of the Russian Helicopters and the country operates dozens of Mi-8AMT / Mi-171 helicopters. The republic became the first foreign operator of the latest Mi-171A2 helicopter.
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