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Ukraine to purchase 55 helicopters from French company Airbus Helicopters

It is expected that 15 helicopter bases will start working in Ukraine
12:31, 5 October 2018

Ukraine's Interior Ministry

15 helicopter bases and service centre for the French Airbus Helicopters in the amount of 55 items will start working in Ukraine soon. Arsen Avakov, the Interior Minister of Ukraine, claimed this during the working visit to France as the press service of the ministry reported.

“We will open the service centre for Airbus Helicopters and create extra working places in Ukraine. Preliminary, we plan that 15 bases for our helicopter units will start working all over the country,” Avakov said.

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The minister added that the key bases will be deployed in Nizhyn, Chernihiv region, and along the border of Ukraine, however, the whole system “will work as a single mechanism.”

“We explored the experience of all advanced countries with the aviation security system. We defined three main challenges for us: technical modernization, professional training, and organization moments,” he noted.

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Earlier we reported that Ukraine and France sign contract to purchase 55 Airbus Helicopters for the State Emergency Service’s needs. The agreement was signed between Hennadii Balla, the Head of Khoriv-Avia, the Ukrainian Aviation enterprise and Bruno Even, the Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Helicopter in the Cabinet of Ministers today. 

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a meeting with representatives of the Airbus Helicopters Company, which intends to supply Ukraine with 55 helicopters, noted that some of this aircraft could go for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and asked for clarifications when implementing the contract. 

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