Termination of military-technical cooperation with Ukraine will not affect the implementation of the contract for delivery of helicopters to Afghanistan. It was stated by the Deputy CEO of Rosoboronexport, Igor Sevastyanov, at Eurosatory-2014 exhibition, ITAR-TASS reports.
"Despite the fact that president of Ukraine said that the military-technical cooperation with Russia will be terminated, a number of Ukrainian enterprises related to the military-industrial sector are ready to implement the existing contracts with Russia, - he said. – However, if the deliveries are ceased this will pose a problem, but only a temporary one. And we will initiate legal proceedings if the deliveries of Ukrainian-produced components (engines) are delayed".
"We are accountable to our customer (USA and Afghanistan), but our supplier (Ukraine) is also accountable to us", - Sevastyanov noted. At present Russia is implementing the contract for delivery of 30 Mi-17V-5 helicopters to USA; the vehicles are intended for the army of Afghanistan. 15 helicopters have been delivered to the customer so far.
According to a source close to Russian military-industrial sector, the contract should be implemented by November 2014. A total of 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters have already been delivered to Afghanistan via US army. Kazan Helicopters is the main contractor in the network of this agreement.