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Russian company to help Iran with helicopter repair facility

Russian and Iranian companies have signed deals related to Mi-17 helicopters.

By Richard Tomkins
Russian company to help Iran with helicopter repair facility
A technician checks an Mi-17 helicopter. Photo courtesy Russian Helicopters

MOSCOW, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Russian Helicopters is to assist Iran to retrofit a repair center for Mi-17 helicopters and also supply it with helicopter parts.

Alexander Shcherbinin, deputy chief executive officer of Russian Helicopters, said the assistance comes through a contract signed with the Iranian Organization for Aviation Industry during an August airshow in Russia and a deal struck with PANHA signed recently at the Dubai Airshow.

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Shcherbinin said the repair facility to be retrofitted is for Iran's civilian Mi-17s.

The military variant is called the "Hip" by NATO. It has a speed of 155 miles per hour and a range of 289 miles. It is primarily used to transport troops and cargo.

"The second contract outlines the general conditions for supplying spare parts as well as documentation for the maintenance and repair of Mi-17 helicopters," Shcherbinin said. "At the same time, the Iranians have provided the Russian side with information about the state of the aircraft that will be repaired at the plant, as well as for the equipment installed in these helicopters."

He said a roadmap is in place for building in Iran a large-scale center for service and capital repair of Mi-17 helicopters.

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Additional details were not disclosed.

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