ROSOBONEXPORT, SPARK CO. TO SHOW HELICOPTER R&M FACILITY AT MEXICO AIR SHOW

FGUP Rosoboronexport and the Saint-Petersburg-based OAO Spark Aircraft Repair Company will present a helicopter repair and maintenance facility at the International air show, AeroExpo-2005, which is opening in Mexico.

"An agreement-in-principle on the creation of a facility for repair and maintenance of the Mi-17 helicopters at the airbase of the Mexican Navy in Veracruz was reached by the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Mexico's President Vicente Fox during their meeting in June 2004. Several months later, in December 2004, FGUP Rosoboronexport and OAO SPARK concluded a contract on the creation of a service facility with the Mexican Navy which have quite a lot of Russian helicopters. "The service facility is being equipped by specialists from OAO SPARK Aircraft Repair Company," said a press release received by Interfax-AVN on Wednesday from Rosoboronexport's media relations service.

According to the media relations service, Russian helicopters had been successfully used in Mexico for over 10 years, mostly by the country's armed forces. Currently, the number of such helicopters in Mexico is quite considerable, there are about 60 of them.

"The support rendered to the project by the country's leaders has given a boost to the project implementation. In February 2005, the President of Mexico visited the Navy airbase in Veracruz to review the progress made in the creation of the facility and expressed his satisfaction with high quality of services and repair of aircraft which are already being provided there," the press release said.

After the Center starts working at full capacity, it will provide a full range of technical maintenance, 100% of airframe repairs and 60% of accessories and equipment repairs.

FGUP Rosoboronexport hope that, after the project completion, similar facilities might be created in other countries of Latin America, where Russian-made helicopters are used. In its turn, availability of high-quality repair and maintenance services on the continent will help increase exports of Russian aircraft in the area.

AeroExpo-2005 will take place on April 7-10 at the Santa-Fe Exhibition Center in Mexico City. Full-size aircraft and models will be exhibited at the Toluca International Airport of the Mexico's capital city.

 Since 1997, the Show was held in Acapulco every two years . In 2003, 144 firms from 12 countries took part in the event, exhibiting 96 aircraft.

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INTERFAX-AVN

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