Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has held talks with Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (IHSRC) about establishing and developing after-sales service provision for Mi-8/17 helicopters at a specialised technical centre in Iran. The discussions were held as part of the Trade and Industry Dialogue: Russia-Iran 2015 exhibition. As a result of the meetings, an agreement was signed between Russian Helicopters and its Iranian partners for the technical evaluation of the IHSRC plant.
“Today we signed an agreement with our Iranian partners to carry out a technical evaluation of the IHSRC plant, which is to carry out repairs to commercial Mi-8/17 helicopters operated in Iran,” Russian Helicopters' CEO Alexander Mikheev said. “We will send 35 specialists to evaluate the technological repair process for Mi helicopters, after which we will develop a concrete plan to retool the repair centre.”
The development of after-sales service provision for Russian-made helicopters will be carried out under a ‘Roadmap for the retooling of the IHSRC plant and its authorisation as a repair and maintenance centre for commercial Mi-8/17 helicopters’ that has been agreed and signed. The IHSRC plant’s production capacity makes it one of the largest centres for helicopter maintenance, repair and modernisation in the Middle East. Russian Helicopters will upgrade the plant’s production lines, deliver components and technical documentation for repair work, and also train Iranian specialists and follow the procedures required for the Iranian plant’s authorisation and certification. IHSRC also has a service centre on the island of Kish, which can be expanded to repair slight damage and provide ongoing repairs, fix malfunctions and refine performance according to Mi-8/17 Service Bulletins.
Today, over 500 Russian and Soviet made commercial and military helicopters are operated by countries in the Middle East. Depending on the model, helicopters require regular maintenance every 100, 200, 300, and 500 hours, and major repair work every 1,500 and 2,000 hours. Being able to carry out this work in-region means helicopter operators can repair faults in a timely manner, and is also highly economical. Developing an after-sales service system is a key strategic priority for Russian Helicopters.
In order to ensure Mi-8/17 helicopters are airworthy and safe to operate, repair work must be carried out in accordance with the repair documentation developed by the plant where it was produced and agreed with its designers. Customers are advised to purchase spare parts and components from Russian Helicopters or certified companies. Major repairs should be carried out at enterprises that have been authorised and certified by representatives of the helicopter’s designers and producers.
Russian Helicopters is actively involved in developing after-sales service systems for Russian-made commercial and military helicopters operated worldwide, providing quality maintenance services to helicopters throughout their full life cycle.