New Delhi, India, 7 February 2011 – The Indo-Russian Maintenance and Repair venture, Integrated Helicopter Services Private Ltd.(IHSPL), established by Russian Helicopters, a part of United Industrial Corporation (UIC) Oboronprom, and Indian company Vectra Group, is opening a service centre for all type of civil Russia-made helicopters in the Republic of India. The opening ceremony took place in Greater Noida, a New Delhi suburb, on 7 February 2011, two days before the Aero India 2011 international exhibition (in Bangaluru).
“The service centre, Integrated Helicopter Services Pvt. Ltd. (IHSPL), will offer maintenance and repair services for the Indian fleet of Russia-made helicopters,” said S.B. Prasher, CEO, Integrated Helicopter Services Pvt. Ltd. (IHSPL).
“The opening of a service centre in India is a very important event for us,” said Dmitry Petrov, CEO, Russian Helicopters. “We are planning to make this centre one of the key elements of our support network for existing Russia-made rotorcraft and Mi and Kamov helicopters delivered in the future to India and South-East Asia as a whole.”
The plans of the Indo-Russian joint venture Integrated Helicopter Services Private Ltd. (IHSPL) envision that the service centre will become the stronghold for warranty service of Russia-made rotorcraft in India. The centre will offer Indian operators and state aviation organisations aftersale service, as well as scheduled maintenance and unscheduled repairs of any Mi and Kamov helicopters.
In the future, Integrated Helicopter Services Private Ltd. (IHSPL) is planning to provide major repairs, including engines and avionics, and to offer user maintenance. The service centre is also planning to have a training centre, and a supply base to provide spare parts to Indian operators of Russian rotorcraft.
“The creation in India of a Service Centre (MRO) is a step forward in Russian Helicopters’ programme of establishing a global support network for rotorcraft” said Andrey Reus, Director General, UIC Oboronprom.
The aim of the programme is to support Russian-made rotorcraft throughout their lifecycle. As part of this programme, new MRO centers are being established and the existing centers are being certified in key for Russian Helicopters regions of the world, including India, which is a traditional market for the Russian helicopters.
At present, Russian Helicopters is the only official supplier of Russian civil helicopters to India. Military helicopters are supplied by FSUE Rosoboronexport. However total support to IAF and other forces shall be provided by Integrated Helicopter Services Pvt. Ltd. (IHSPL).
Today, Russia-made rotorcraft form the core helicopter fleet of the Indian armed forces. More than 200 Russian helicopters are in service in India: the Mi-25 (the export variant of the Mi-24D), the Mi-35, the Mi-26, and the Mi-8/17.
Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. It controls the following helicopter industry enterprises: Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, Kamov, Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, Kazan Helicopters, Rostvertol, Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company (named after N.I. Sazykin), Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise, Stupino Machine Production Plant, Reductor-PM, Novosibirsk Aircraft Repairing Plant, and Helicopter Service Company.
Partners of Russian Helicopters: AirTaxi Service (interior completion and maintenance); R.E.T. Kronshtadt (aviation training systems, navigation, and avionics); Tranzas (software, navigation systems, and aviation simulators); CSTS Dinamika (technical training for flight and engineering personnel); BETA AIR (testing equipment and aviation electronics); Ural Works of Civil Aviation (repair of helicopter engines, components, and reductorsredactors).
UIC Oboronprom, JSC is a multi-profile industrial and investment group, established in 2002, is a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. It is active in the areas of helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters) and engine building (United Engine Industry Corporation).
Vectra Group consists of diverse companies operating in various business domains across the world. The core businesses of the USD 800 million Vectra Group are aviation, engineering, material handling and construction equipment, automotive, real estate, information technology, and the services sector. The operations of Vectra Group are primarily in India and in Eastern Europe, spanning more than 18 companies, with eight manufacturing facilities in four countries (India, the UK, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia). In addition, Vectra Group has offices or investments in France, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia and Hungary.
The policy of Vectra Group is to forge, strengthen, and expand strategic alliances with partners—wherever they might be. Thanks to its long-standing relationships, Vectra has been able to expand its operations through partnerships with other global leaders such as Orad of Israel, and Kamaz Inc. and Russian Helicopters of Russia.