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OEM criticises Afghan Mi-17V-5 helicopter maintenance

9th December 2020 - 07:54 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

Russian company vents annoyance at overhaul practices for helicopters bought by the US for service in Afghanistan.

Russian Helicopters has publicly criticised the Afghan Air Force (AAF) for overhauling Mil Mi-17V-5 helicopters through Ukrainian entities.

The Russian OEM claimed in a press release dated 8 December: ‘Russian Helicopters Holding Company considers it necessary to warn that Ukrainian aircraft repair enterprises are carrying out illegitimate overhauls of Mi-17V-5 helicopters, and thereby endangers the lives of the American and Afghan soldiers that are operating these helicopters.’

Specifically, Russian Helicopters was referring to a pair of AAF Mi-17V-5 helicopters that recently reached Motor Sich and Aviakon in Ukraine for ‘illegitimate overhaul’. The press release used the word ‘illegitimate’ because neither the developer …

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