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BAE SYSTEMS signs MI-172 marketing agreement with Kazan and Kelowna flightcraft

24 Jul 2002

BAE Systems, Kazan of Russia and Canada's Kelowna Flightcraft have concluded and signed an international marketing agreement for the Mi-172 medium-utility and transport helicopter.

Under the partnership, announced today at the Farnborough Air Show, the three companies will jointly market new Mi-172 helicopters built by Kazan and equipped with a new mission system from BAE Systems Avionics plus a 'western' avionics suite which includes glass cockpit and autopilot, installed and integrated by Kelowna Flightcraft.

The new systems provide an increased operational capability, to meet NATO and other international standards, for an already established and proven, high performance helicopter. BAE Systems or Kazan will act as prime contractor in export markets, depending upon the prospective customer.

"This new partnership equips the Mi-172 platform with the latest mission system and avionics technologies to provide an extremely capable and cost effective solution to meet a nation's medium utility helicopter transport requirements" said Dr David Hughes, BAE Systems Avionics executive vice president helicopter systems.

"International customers will be provided with an enhanced operational capability with a reduced pilot workload plus lower costs of ownership and through-life costs."

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