Russian Helicopters Strengthening Cooperation with Iran
(Source: Russian Helicopters; issued August 25, 2016)
MOSCOW --- Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, for the first time will hold a seminar for Iranian operators and potential customers of Russian helicopters. During the event, which will be held in Tehran from 23 to 25 August, Russian experts will demonstrate current models of civilian helicopters and talk about plans for setting up a comprehensive after-sales service system in Iran. The event is organized by the state-owned Iranian Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (IHSRC).

The forthcoming seminar will feature experts from Russian Helicopters who will present a wide range of multi-purpose civilian aircraft to meet various needs of customers. This includes the firefighting Ka-32A11BC, the latest Mi-171A2 for search and rescue and offshore operations, and heavy helicopters Mi-26T and Mi-26T2 designed to eliminate consequences of natural disasters, for humanitarian assistance and to transport people.

“Russian Helicopters is in talks to supply light helicopters Ansat and Ka-226T for the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran. The helicopters will be used to create an air ambulance service. In addition to the supply of helicopters, we are working on potentially setting up an assembly line in Iran. According to our estimates, Iran's need for light Russian helicopters is about 60 units," - said Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO Alexander Shcherbinin.

Given the continued increase in fleet of Russian-made helicopters to Iran, Russian Helicopters is actively pursuing the issue of establishing an authorized service center with the Iranian company IHSRC. The main purpose of the repair center would be to improve safety, to ensure quality of maintenance and repairs, as well as to improve the performance of the existing fleet of Russian helicopters. The result of this work would be a system of after-sales service of Russian rotorcraft that would satisfy the operator’s needs.

Currently, there are more than 50 Russian-made helicopters in Iran. The highest demand is for the Mi-17 helicopter. Iran has maintained almost the entire model range of this type of helicopters: the Mi-17s, the Mi-171s, the Mi-171Es, the Mi-8 MTVs and the Mi-17V-5s. One of the main operators of Russian-made helicopters in Iran is the Red Cross and the Red Crescent. Their rotorcraft has proven itself well in hot climates and high altitudes of this Middle Eastern country.

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Russian Helicopters Authorizing A Service Center In Iran
(Source: Russian Helicopters; issued August 25, 2016)
MOSCOW --- Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has conducted a technical examination of the Iranian Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (IHSRC). The audit has resulted in a certificate for a temporary authorization of IHSRC as the only Mi- series aircraft and components repair enterprise in Iran.

Russian experts carried out technical examination of the Iranian company during July 2016. During the talks between Russian Helicopters representatives and their Iranian colleagues an action plan was developed for reequipping the aircraft repair enterprise - IHSRC and its subsequent authorization as the only comprehensive center for maintenance and overhaul of the Mi-17/171 civilian helicopters in Iran.

"Iran is one of our most important partners in the Middle East. The authorization of the IHSRC repair facility will enable operators of Russian military helicopters to perform repair work in their region and allow them to provide timely repairs. The development of a comprehensive after-sales service system is one of our main tasks, "- said Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO Igor Chechikov.

IHSRC plant is one of the largest service centers for helicopter repairs and modernization in the Middle East in terms of production capabilities. At the company’s initiative, a workshop for Iranian customers and operators of Russian helicopters was organized from 23 to 25 August in Tehran. It was attended by specialists from various Russian Helicopters enterprises including developers, manufacturers and those involved in service and maintenance of helicopters. During the event, participants visited IHSRC facilities and got acquainted with the enterprise.

Today, the Soviet and Russian-made helicopter fleet in the Middle East consists of more than 500 civilian and military units. Depending on a helicopter modification, its scheduled maintenance should be done very 100, 200, 300 and 500 hours, and the overhaul – every 1,500 and 2,000 hours. The overhaul of these helicopters should be carried out by companies that passed all authorization and certification procedures together with representatives of helicopter design and manufacturing enterprises.

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