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Russian Helicopters opens Peruvian facility for Mi-17 helicopters

11 December 2018
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Russian Helicopters has opened a new maintenance and repair facility in Lima, Peru, to support Mi-type helicopters operated by the Peruvian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea del Perú: FAP).

Helicentro Peru is based within Peruvian Air Force maintenance service (SEMAN) facilities and an official opening ceremony for the centre was attended by Andrey Boginsky, CEO of Russian Helicopters, and FAP chief commander Rodolfo García Esquerre.

An Mi-17 of the Peruvian Air Force. Peru will now be able to undertake MRO work on the helicopters at a dedicated facility in the country. (Russian Helicopters)An Mi-17 of the Peruvian Air Force. Peru will now be able to undertake MRO work on the helicopters at a dedicated facility in the country. (Russian Helicopters)

The centre will be used to repair Peru's Mil Mi-17 'Hip' medium twin-turbine transport helicopters, as well as civil variants operated in the region.

"The establishment of the maintenance and repair centre for Russian Helicopters in Peru is of strategic importance: it will enable [the company] to provide the full range of work without taking out fuselages from the country," Boginsky explained.

Despite only recently opening, the centre already has orders for work until 2023, he added, with approximately 40 aircraft scheduled for repair over the five-year period.

Viktor Kladov, director for international co-operation and regional policy at Rostec, the parent company of Russian Helicopters, said, "We continue to create a unified system for managing the life cycle of our helicopters in Peru."

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