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Friday, March 31, 2017

Rostec delivers first multirole helicopter to Kenya

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, delivered its Mi-17V-5 multirole helicopter to the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government of the Republic of Kenya. The rotorcraft was produced by Kazan Helicopters

The formal transfer of the helicopter took place in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi in the presence of the Minister of the Interior of Kenya. Apart from the delivery, Russian Helicopters has also trained local specialists, as specified in the contract.  The delivered helicopter will be used for the needs of the National Police of the Republic of Kenya.

“We have successfully fulfilled the contract to supply our first helicopter to Kenya. Currently, the total fleet of Russian-made helicopters in the African countries exceeds 700 and it requires a gradual upgrade. Russian helicopters have shown good results in performing the widest range of tasks in Africa. We hope for further fruitful cooperation,” said Alexander Shcherbinin, Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO for marketing and business development.

African countries are traditionally among the biggest operators of Russian-made helicopters.  The Mi-8/17 type helicopters offered to African clients are intended primarily for the use in civil aviation, to transport cargo and passengers, including VIPs.  High-performance flight characteristics, reliability, ability to operate  in a wide range of climates, multitasking, ease of operation and maintenance make Russian helicopters one of the best options for the African market.

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