Russian-made Mi-8/17 helicopters are popular in Latin America

Russian-Helicopters-banners-Latin-America-businessRussian-made helicopters for military and civilian use have strong presence in Latin America, company says.

Russian Helicopters is touting its business in Latin America, which it calls one of the fastest growing helicopter markets in the world.

The company, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, said it signed contracts in Latin America last year for 41 aircraft to be delivered over the next two years.

Russian-made aircraft comprise 42 percent of the region’s military helicopter fleets and 77 percent of commercial helicopters weighing between 10 tons and 20 tons. Its most popular model with Latin American customers is the Mi-8/17 series, with more than 300 helicopters delivered.

Latin American countries flying Russian-made military helicopters are Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.
Original article: http://www.upi.com/

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