Kazakhstan to locally produce Airbus H145M helicopter

12 June 2019

Kazakhstan is to produce locally H145M helicopters under a joint venture (JV) formed between Airbus Helicopters and Kazakhstan Engineering (KE) in 2011.

The government of Kazakhstan said the JV will mark the first time a military helicopter has been built in the country.

Agreed upon during a Kazakh-French Commission on arms co-operation meeting held this month, the aircraft will be built by the Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering JV that was established between KE and Airbus under the latter's former branding.

This JV facilitated Kazakhstan's EC145 (now H145) acquisition for the ministries of defence and emergencies, and resulted in some final assembly and painting being carried out in-country for that initial purchase.

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