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Russia Cautions Against Afghan Air Force Using Ukrainian-Maintained Helicopters


Russia Cautions Against Afghan Air Force Using Ukrainian-Maintained Helicopters

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Russian Helicopters Holding Company considers it necessary to warn that Ukrainian aircraft repair enterprises are carrying out illegitimate overhaul of Mi-17V-5 Helicopters and thereby endangers the lives of the American and Afghan soldiers that are operating these Helicopters. According to the received information about the arrival of two Mi-17V-5 Helicopters of the Afghan Air Force at the Ukrainian aircraft repair enterprises «Motor Sich» (Zaporozhye) and «Aviakon» (Konotop) for performing illegitimate overhaul, Russian Helicopters Holding Company disclaims all responsibility for further safe operation of mentioned Helicopters and has every reason to deny services related to maintenance of these Helicopters.

The overhaul of these Helicopters will be carried out at the enterprises that have not mastered the overhaul of this type of Helicopter in the prescribed manner, as no actualized repair and design documentation for the Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopter, spare parts or repair group sets were delivered to these aircraft repair companies. This overhaul must be considered as illegitimate since it will be performed without the participation and control of the Developer (The National helicopter center Мil&Kamov) and the Manufacturer («Kazan Helicopters» JSC) of this type of Helicopters. Russian Helicopters Holding Company will notify all interested Russian and foreign organizations and authorities about the inclusion of Ukrainian companies in the list of aircraft repair enterprises carrying out illegal overhaul of Russian-made Helicopters.

Mi-17V-5 (domestic designation Mi-8MTV-5) is a military transport variant in the Mi-8/17 family of helicopters. It is produced by Kazan Helicopters, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters. Designed to transport cargo inside the cabin and on an external sling, the Mi-17V-5 is one of the world’s most advanced transport helicopters. It can also be deployed in troop and arms transport, fire support, convoy escort, patrol, and search-and-rescue (SAR) missions. The U.S. Department of Defence placed a contract with Rosoboronexport for the delivery of 63 Mi-17V-5 helicopters to the Afghan National Army (ANA) in 2011. Kazan Helicopters completed deliveries to the ANA in October 2014. Mi-17V-5 (NATO reporting name: Hip) medium-lifter retains the outstanding performance characteristics of its predecessors and can fly in tropical and maritime climates, as well as desert conditions.

Russia Cautions Against Afghan Air Force Using Ukrainian-Maintained Helicopters
U.S. adviser with the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, stands near an Afghan Air Force Mi-17V-5 Helicopters (Photo by Staff Sgt. Nadine Barclay/438th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs)

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