Dmitry Znamenskii. Three Russian Mi-17V-5 acquired by the Ministry of the Navy of Mexico, arrived last Tuesday to the base «Las bajadas» Mexican Navy in the town of Veracruz. These machines have become the first new military transport helicopters Russian production set out in the Latin American country.
Refers to the production of helicopters Kazan Helicopter Plant. They are purchased by the leasing system through Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Publicos (Banobras) Ministry of the Navy of Mexico.
Helicopters were delivered by cargo aircraft AN-124. When they arrived already assembled, except bearing and the tail rotor, which will be assembled on site. Coupled with the helicopters arrived and a group of technicians who will be engaged in their assembly.
As told to RIA Novosti, a source close to the Ministry of the Navy of Mexico, after final assembly to be running helicopters while driving will be Russian pilot. Mexican pilots will be able to operate new machines after signing the acceptance of helicopters.
Ability to use MI-17V-5 from the Mexican Navy is quite broad. Specifically, the agency in recent years, together with the Ministry of Defence in the main responsible for the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking in the border with the U.S. states.
Contract for the supply of Russian helicopters was signed on 22 December 2011. For an undisclosed amount. On the Russian side of the contract is signed «Rosoboronexport».
With the arrival of new machines the number of Russian helicopters used by different departments of Mexico increases to 35. At the service of the Ministry of the Navy are already 24 cars, 5 more uses the Department of Defense and three — the police in Mexico.
According to estimates of the Mexican side, Russian helicopters are fairly reliable. Taking into account the already existing fleet of Russian helicopters and was discovered in 2006 in Veracruz center for repair and maintenance of Russian helicopters possible intrigued by Mexico to continue cooperation in this area is quite high. As pointed out by sources, after the arrival of the latest administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto, of the incoming this post on December 1, and the budget for next year with some modicum of probability we can expect new proposals from the Mexican side in terms of contracts for the supply of equipment.
Currently, produced in Russia helicopters, according to expert estimates, about 20% of the military helicopter market of Latin America and 2% of the market of civilian cars. With all of this in the civilian sector with the acquisition of Russian aircraft production are the highest demand for leasing services as a financial instrument. Namely, the enthusiasm for the use of leasing scheme for buying Russian helicopters often operating companies from Peru, Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia.
As said before salting RF Mexico Valery Morozov, the relations of Russia and Mexico lacks a signed and an agreement on military-technical cooperation, and while the supply of military equipment are based on direct agreements because Mexican ministries for their own needs may enter into contracts for the supply of equipment, and in the near future — based on the tender.
According to the diplomat, Russian rotorcraft has proved excellent in Mexico. Morozov said there were plans to make the regional service center for helicopters in Veracruz.
Mi-17V-5 is created as a result of the modernization of helicopters Mi-17V-1, developed by JSC «Capital Helicopter Plant. ML Mile «. Kazan Helicopter Plant in collaboration with the Metropolitan helicopter plant fulfilled when finalizing the large amount of research and development work on the Mi-17V-5 to become competitive in the world market. Versatility and highest flight performance properties have made Mi-17V-5 one of the most relevant Russian helicopters.