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Russia, China to Jointly Build Mi-2A Helicopters

February 7, 2012 1 comment

RIA Novosti

Russian helicopter maker Rostvertol and Chinese Xi’Ao Aeroplane Manufacturing will build a plant in northern China capable of manufacturing 100 lightweight civil Mi-2A helicopters annually, Xinhua said on Monday.

The first phase of the plant, located on 47 hectares in Hebei Province, will be completed by the end of July, Xinhua said citing local officials.

The investment for the first phase is estimated at $224 million.

The plant will also serve as a repair hub for Russia’s Mi-series choppers in the Asia region.

Mi-2A is a modernized version of the Russian Mi-2 Hoplit helicopter, which features a new power plant, advanced piloting and navigation equipment, and significant flight performance improvement.