181222 mi 17 TurkeyUkraine has won a $40 million contract to overhaul and upgrade 17 x Mi-17 helicopters operated by the Turkish Gendarmerie.


Defense Express reported this citing a Twitter post by Ukraine’s Interior Minister, Arsen Avakov.


Works under this contract will be performed by PAT Motor Sich aeroengine manufacturer, Zaporizhzhia, and Ukroboronprom Group’s Aviacon Aircraft Repair Plant, Konotop.


Avakov specifically emphasized that Ukraine “…has a unique competence in the area of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, and cooperation with Turkey is our strategic focus”.


The contract came as a result of six-month long negotiations with the Turkish Ministry of the Interior.


Avakov announced the deal while at a ceremony signing a joint declaration with his Turkish counterpart, Süleyman Soylu, in Ankara, on this September 4.


The declaration calls for cooperation in combating terrorism, illegal migration, human trafficking, cyber crime, criminal money laundering, drug trafficking, and transnational organized crime.

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