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11:42 AM, January 1, 2015
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Rosneft, Rostec Corporation and Finmeccanica have signed an agreement for the joint production of the medium helicopter AW189 in Russia.
 
The JV will be based on the HeliVert plant situated in the Moscow Region and Rosneft will become a new partner of the Russian-Italian JV.
 
Rosneft will form a bid and become the first customer for the AW189 helicopters. By 2025, HeliVert is envisaged to sell and deliver up to 160 helicopters to Rosneft. In compliance with the reached agreements the assembly, supplies, aftersales service and training of AW189 helicopters will be carried out. As part of the project, localization of the AW189 production is planned to be implemented in stages up to 2025.
 
”Offshore projects development is a strategic priority for Rosneft. It is impossible to accomplish this mission without state-of-the-art arctic and marine equipment, oil and gas rigs, modern aeronautical engineering. We are glad to reach these agreements, thanks to which strategic cooperation in such an important area is being created,”said  Igor Sechin, Rosneft Head.
 
“The production of AW189 in Russia will create large opportunities for the continuation of our successful cooperation with our Italian partners, Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland,” said Sergey Chemezov. 
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