Russia and South Africa have opened in Johannesburg service center for civil helicopters produced in Russia, said Wednesday the press service of the State Corporation "Russian Technologies" (Rostekhnadzor).
According to Rostekhnadzor, the service center was opened yesterday in Johannesburg. This event is timed to
"Holding" Helicopters of Russia "- a subsidiary of the" Oboronprom "entering the State Corporation Rostekhnadzor — and the South African company Denel Aviation in South Africa opened a service center for repair and maintenance of Russian-made helicopters. Thanks to him, the Russian holding company will be able to strengthen its position in the African market," — said in a statement. As noted, to date fleet of helicopters of Russian production in Africa has about 600 units — this type of helicopters Mi-8/17 and Ka-32.
"Maintenance of the park requires the organization of modern system of service support in the region, the establishment of a service center company Denel Aviation is a significant step in this direction. On the basis of the company plans to build a major regional center, which in future will be able to perform after-sales and service all models of Russian-made helicopters in the region south of the Sahara "- are reported CEO of the holding" Helicopters of Russia "Dmitry Petrov. Rostekhnadzor said that the company "Helicopters of Russia" provided a service center in Johannesburg necessary equipment, provided the documentation prepared for the work, and organized training for Denel Aviation on one of his companies — Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant.
The decision to establish a service center was accepted as part of the partnership agreement, signed by Denel Aviation and the "Oboronprom" in September 2012. "In the future, the South African company plans to gradually expand the range of after-sales service and repairs not only civil but also military helicopters, as well as the aggregate Russian-made" — said in a release.