Thailand shows interest in Russian helicopters

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BANGKOK, December 27. /TASS/. Thailand has shown interest in Russia’s helicopters Ansat, Mi171A2 and Ka-32, the CEO of the holding company Helicopters of Russia (an affiliate of Rostec), Andrei Boginsky, told TASS on Thursday.

“As far as Thailand is concerned, the helicopters Ansat and Mi-171A2 have aroused great interest. Thailand’s police are interested in purchasing Ansats. Also, there has been interest in the search and rescue configuration of Mi-171A2,” said Boginsky, who is in Thailand on a visit.

“Also, we have been holding talks on selling Ka-32 helicopters to that country. This helicopter is in great demand. Our Thai counterparts have seen them in action in South Korea and China. Ka-32 can be used for fighting fires. It is capable of carrying horizontal fire-fighting systems,” Boginsky said.

He recalled that the Helicopters of Russia earlier agreed to sell military helicopters Mi-17V-5 to Thailand. Under the previously achieved agreements the Russian company is to provide two more helicopters of this class to the customer on Thursday.

“They have been assembled and tested. The handover procedure is underway today. The way we understand it, the helicopters have won acclaim (in Southeast Asia),” Boginsky said.

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