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
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.