Russia, helicopters to repay debt with South Korea?
Moscow allegedly offered aircraft to Seoul
An hypothesis that is not so far from becoming reality: in the last few hours an important videoconference was held involving Yuri Trutnev, Russian deputy prime minister and envoy on behalf of the Kremlin to the Far East, and Hong Nam-ki, Minister of Finance of South Korea. Seoul and Moscow are completing a series of talks to understand how to repay the State debt of Russia towards the Asian country (read also the article published by AVIONEWS). To settle the figure, the delivery of some helicopters to South Korean territory could be perfected, a solution that must now be investigated and evaluated by other parties as well.
According to what was leaked by spokesmen for Trutnev himself, aircraft as part of the payment of the State debt are one of the priorities of the Russian economy ministry, with the head of the department Alexander Morozov who is engaged in close negotiations with Korean partners. Which company will undertake to deliver the helicopters we are talking about? Local media identified the right name in that of Jsc Russian Helicopters, a group based in Moscow and which is considered among the main national and international contractors. The videoconference comes a few days after Seoul's authorization to use a Russian-made civilian helicopter; this is the Mi-171A2, which is added to those already operational in Korea, namely the Ka-32 and the Mi-8/17.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency