Slovakia’s LOTN Completes Overhaul of Another Afghan Air Force Mi-17 Helicopter

Slovakia’s LOTN (Letecké opravovne Trenčín, Aircraft Repair Company Trenčín) completed the general overhaul of another Afghan Air Force (AAF) Mi-17 helicopter.

“Despite the existence of sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation, while still operating in full compliance with all applicable international and national regulations, LOTN is continuing to support the highly-prized general repairs of the Mi-17 helicopters for its customers. This series of helicopter repairs are the result of the highly professional work ethic and determination of our company “, said Martin Dušanič, CEO and Chairman of the Board of LOTN.

Afghan Mi-17
An Afghan Mi-17 helicopter flown by Lt. Col. Bakhtullah, 377th Afghan Air Force Squadron commander, takes off for an air-assault training flight, on May 29, 2013, from Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot.

The original manufacturer of the helicopter, the Russian Helicopters, has earlier announced that it will refuse service support for the Afghan Air Force Mi-17V-5 helicopters overhauled by LOTN.

LOTN was awarded the AAF Mi-17V-5 Helicopter Overhaul and Heavy Repair Contract by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) through full and open international competitive bidding (ICB) in 2016. The delivery of the first overhauled helicopter took place in July 28 last year.

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