Russian Helicopters has delivered its first Mi-17V-5 utility helicopter for Kenya.
A ceremonial transfer of the helicopter has been performed in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, in the presence of the Minister of the Interior of Kenya, the company announced last week.
In accordance with the contract, "Russian Helicopters" has also performed training of the Customer's specialists in addition to the delivery of the helicopter. The helicopter will serve the needs of the National Police of the Republic of Kenya.
The helicopter was produced at the facilities of PJSC "Kazan Helicopters". "We have completed the contract for the delivery of the first helicopter to Kenya. Currently, the total fleet of the Russian-made helicopters in the African countries exceeds 700 units and requires gradual renewal.”
The African countries have traditionally been one of the largest operators of Russian-made helicopters. Mi-8/17 type helicopters are primarily used in civil aviation for cargo, passenger and VIP transportation by African customers.
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