Saturday, May 1, 2010

Commercial Helicopters in Uzbekistan


MIL-8MTV Helicopters - Nukus Airport

The main commercial helicopter in Uzbekistan is the MIL Mi-8(Ми-8).

It is a medium twin-turbine transport helicopter that is able to seat up to 28 passengers and operates with a crew of two or three.

Powered by a 2,010 kW (2,700 shp) Soloviev turboshaft engine, they first flew in July 1961.

Used in Uzbekistan  from 1967 by the Soviet National Airline Aeroflot being transferred as with most other Aeroflot assets (in country) to Uzbekistan Airways in 1992.

Uzbekistan Airways MIL Mi-8 Helicopter

Mil Helicopters is the short name of the Soviet helicopter producer Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, named after the constructor Mikhail Mil.

The first prototype of the Mi-8 the V-8 was designed in 1960 based on the Mil Mi-4. After a few changes it was introduced into service in 1967 as the Mi-8. The Mi-8 remains in production in 2010 with more than 1,500 in service, making it the world's largest and longest produced make of helicopter.

Today the Chirchik Aviation Repair Plant located near Tashkent handles repairs and upgrades of the Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters, parts manufacture, and repairs of other special purpose equipment. It is run by the 'UZROSAVIA JV'. The JV partners from Uzbekistan are the Chirchik Aviation Repair Plant and SE Uzmachsusimpex and from Russia – State Unitary Enterprise Rosoboronexport, UIC Oboronprom, and the Novosibirsk Aviation Repair Plant.  Supported by the Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Defence in Uzbekistan  and the Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation and the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Russia.

Russian Helicopters, JSC, and UZROSAVIA (Uzbekistan) in 2009 signed a 5 year agreement in Moscow on the principles of cooperation in service and maintenance of Russian rotorcraft in Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries.

Photo: Uzrosevia