Elbit Systems has announced that they have secured a $110 million contract in order to modernize and maintain Mil Mi-17 transports for an undisclosed country in the Asia-Pacific region. The helicopter upgrade contract will be carried out over the course of a five year period.
There are over 930 Mi-8/17-series helicopters being operated by a combined fleet in the 17 Asia-Pacific region nations and the Elbit contract will offer rotary-wing modernization services which will include structural upgrades, conversion of utility and assault platforms for multirole operations and full maintenance and support packages. Elbit Chief Executive Bezhalel Machlis has expressed his hope that other customers will follow the selection of Elbit’s selection of modernization solutions in response to the rapidly aging helicopter market in the numerous Eastern platforms.
In recent years Elbit has developed sophisticated systems in order to modify rotorcraft to glass cockpit configuration standard all the while placing a paramount emphasis on safety under difficult operating conditions like degraded visual environments in order to better serve its customers and setting the bar as far as quality standards go.