Russian Helicopters has successfully delivered after-sale maintenance services for multirole Mi-17-1V helicopters operated by the Mexican Navy, marking the completion of its first contract.

The company had cooperated with the Mexican Secretariat of National Defence to undertake extensive repairs of 19 Mi-17/Mi-17-1V helicopters in 2014 to 2015.

Currently, the company is conducting warranty and post-warranty maintenance of helicopters of the Mexican Ministry of Defence.

“This is our first contract with the Naval Secretariat of Mexico. It was fulfilled in full and on time.”

Russian Helicopters deputy CEO Igor Chechikov said: "This is our first contract with the Naval Secretariat of Mexico. It was fulfilled in full and on time.

"Mexico is one of our key partners in Latin America; it has quite an extensive fleet of Russian-made helicopters.

"In 2016, we will expand cooperation with our Mexican partners in terms of after-sale service. The parties are already involved in negotiations on these issues."

Russian Helicopters is said to prioritise active development of a comprehensive system of after-sales service for Russian-made helicopters across the world.

The multirole Mi-171V helicopter is one of the modified variations of the Mi-17 series that were constructed by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, part of Russian Helicopters.

The helicopters are combat proven and known for strong flight performance, ease of operation and reliability.

The multirole Mi-171V helicopter can achieve a speed of 250kmph, and has a flying range of 610km. The helicopter is capable of ferrying up to 37 troopers.

Last year, Russian Helicopters renewed the production of its amphibious Mi-14 helicopter, which is based on the multirole Mi-8T helicopter.

Image: A Mexican Navy Mi-17 helicopter. Photo: courtesy of SEMAR.