The delivery of 16 Mil Mi-171Sh helicopters to Peru in 2015 will finalize the fulfillment of a contract for the Peruvian procurement of 24 helicopters of this type, a source in the Russian defense sector told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.
"Consistent with the contract concluded by Rosoboronexport in December 2013, eight helicopters were supplied in late 2014 and the remaining 16 will be delivered in 2015," he said.
According to unofficial information, the contract cost is $528 million.
"The construction of a service center, which will give maintenance to Russian-made helicopters, has begun in Peru consistent with the contract's offset program. The service center will open in May 2016," he said.
The service center project will cost $42 million, the source added.
Russian Helicopters Holding said earlier that new systems installed in the multirole military transport helicopters Mil Mi-171Sh improved their combat effectiveness. The helicopters also have systems protecting hardware and crew, as well as radio-electronic and avionic devices for flying in any weather and any time of the day.
In all, about 100 Soviet and Russian helicopters have been delivered to Peru since the end of the 1970s. The Peruvian army has been using Russian-made Mil Mi-8/17 and Mil Mi-24/35 helicopters for a long time.
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