Hungary extends service life of Mi-17 helicopters

The Hungarian government recently ordered the overhaul of the army’s Mi-17 medium transport helicopters, Defence Minister István Simicskó said at the end of July.

Four helicopters will be overhauled, extending their service life by another eight years or by 2,000 flying hours. Four companies bid for the Ministry of Defence’s call for tenders, which was won by Russian helicopter manufacturer AO Vertoljoti Rossziji, Simicskó said. The company will overhaul the helicopters’ engines and airframes and replace their main and tail rotor blades, electric wiring and hydraulics for HFR3.9 billion (USD15 million).

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