The Verkhovna Rada, the parliament of Ukraine, adopted a Law #0189 “On the ratification of an agreement between the governments of Ukraine and France concerning the official support in the creation of a unified system of aviation security and protection in Ukraine”, UNIAN reports.
On 25 May, Ukraine and France signed a treaty on the aviation security system that provides for the supply of 55 modern Airbus helicopters to Ukraine. The deal was signed by Arsen Avakov, the Interior Minister of Ukraine and Delphine Geny-Stephann, the Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance of France.
The signed agreement specifies helicopters of three types – H145, H125, and H225. All of which are supposed to replace the already existing helicopter fleet of the Soviet-made MI-8 aircraft.
The new helicopters will serve the purposes of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service, the National Guard and the National Police of Ukraine.
Airbus Helicopters is among the world’s leaders in large aircraft building that produces passenger, cargo and military transport aircraft.