Russian Firm Expands Mil Service in Sharjah
Russia’s Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, which is exhibiting jointly with Russia’s state arms export agency Rosoboronexport, is about to expand its presence in the Middle East with the opening of a service center based in the neighboring emirate of Sharjah. This base was established earlier this year and once it is staffed up it will be capable of performing repair work on derivatives of the Mil Mi-8/17/171 series helicopters that the company manufactures. The service center will also be set up to perform maintenance on the latest Mi-171 models, including full overhauls if necessary. Ulan-Ude plans to use this service base to provide maintenance to all Middle East and Asian users of Mil helicopters, and to offer their customers the possibility to order and receive spare parts in an expeditious time frame. The Russian firm will also offer training for flight and maintenance crews along with a large warehouse of spare parts. Ulan-Ude is the OEM for the multirole Mi-171, passenger/cargo Mi-171A and the amed Mi-171Sh models.