The contract of refurbishing the Hungarian Armed Forces’ five Russian made helicopters was signed on Tuesday by representatives of the Russian company and the Hungarian ministry of defense. Hungary still has dozens of Russian-made helicopters that can be refurbished said a representative of the Russian company.
For the time being five Mi-17 transport helicopters will be refurbished, which is made in the Russian company's Novosibirsk repair factory for an attractive price - the exact amount, however, hasn’t been disclosed.
The Mi-17 model is a Russian manufacturing success story. Until the end of 2014 more than 12 thousand pieces had been made in the manufacturer's Ulan-Udeid and Kazan factories. This model has been exported to more than 100 countries around the world achieving more than 100 million flight hours.
The Hungarian ministry of defence announced a tender for the overhaul of five Mi-17 helicopters in February. The notice also stated that the winners will be announced on May 31 and the contract should be completed no later than November 30, 2017.
Hungary opted for a major overhaul of its Russian made helicopter fleet rather than purchase new models. To buy new Russian helicopters is out of question because it is banned under the boycott regulations by the European Union, but refurbish old ones is not covered by the regulations so the MoD's decision does not violate EU rules.
"Magyar Nemzet" has learned that the ministry of defense plan to expand cooperation with Russian company Vertoleti Rossi.
If the overhaul of Mi-17 helicopters will be successfully completed for the satisfaction of all sides, the Russian company may be contracted to refurbish 10 additional Mi-24 attack helicopters writes "Magyar Nemzet".
(origo.hu - hungarianambiance.com)