Russian Helicopters Holding Company, a part of Rostec State Corporation, fulfilled the first service contract having transferred a batch of four repaired Mi-17 helicopters to the Lao Ministry of Defense.
The transfer ceremony took place at the air base in Vientiane. Lao Deputy Minister of National Defense, Lt. Phouvong Vongphom, Sergey Lobanov, Attaché of the Russian Embassy to Laos, Sergey Gusev, Director for After-Sales Services of Russian Helicopters and relevant officials took part in the event.
During the ceremony, Lt. Phouvong Vongphom inspected the repaired Mi-17 helicopters and a crew of the Lao People’s Liberation Army Air Force (LPLAAF) performed a demonstration flight in a repaired helicopter. At the end of the event, the parties held negotiations related to the supplies of new helicopters and further cooperation in the area of service support of the earlier supplied rotorcraft.
“This achievement of repair will be a major contribution to the implementation of the two strategic tasks of national safeguarding and development,” said Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Lao People’s Army.
The newly received Mi-17 helicopters have 2,000 hours between overhauls and guarantee period, which will allow using these machines for another 8 years.
“The Holding Company is always ready to offer the most comfortable conditions for its customers in terms of both supplying helicopters and rendering after-sales services. Upon the request of the Lao party, we prepared a proposal for the repair of another batch of Mi-17 type helicopters. We hope the decision will be made in the near future,” noted Andrey Boginskiy, Director General of Russian Helicopters.
The helicopters were repaired by a mobile group of specialists of JSC “356 ARP”, which is part of the company.
“We deliver four repaired Mi-17 helicopters to our Lao partners. We received significant joint experience, because it was our first on-site repair contract with the Lao side. Our specialists performed the work on the body at the air base, and main accessories were restored at certified facilities of the Holding in Russia. It should be mentioned that repair works were implemented by highly-experienced 356 ARZ team, which is a part of our holding, at the Lao air base,” Mr Sergey Gusev mentioned.
The Lao aviation fleet comprises over 20 civil and military helicopters produced by Russian Helicopters. In addition to Mi-8/17 type helicopters, the country operates medium utility Ka-32T helicopters.