By S.L. Fuller | October 23, 2017
Russian Helicopters, Kazakhstan Engineering and Aircraft Repair Plant No. 405 in Kazakhstan have signed a memorandum of understanding for possible aircraft assembly, Russian Helicopters said.
Large-scale assembly of Mi-8AMT/Mi-171s could occur in Kazakhstan. Also covered by the memorandum is the possible organization of a lifecycle support system and the supply of 45 helicopter kits until 2025, according to Russian Helicopters.
"Our partners from Kazakhstan applied to us with an initiative to establish assembly production of helicopters on its territory during 2017-2025,” said Andrey Boginsky, general director of Russian Helicopters. “At this stage, we agreed to consider this possibility, including modifying the helicopter to the customer's requirements."
Russian Helicopters said that in addition to the memorandum, the two parties also plan to sign a contract for the delivery of the first three helicopter kits by the end of this year. Deliveries would start at the beginning of 2018.