Russia awaits helicopter purchase proposal from Venezuela

Other News Materials 20 September 2006 16:20 (UTC +04:00)

(RIA Novosti) - Russia is open to proposals for Venezuela to buy a new batch of helicopters, a defense ministry spokesperson said Wednesday, reports Trend.

Russia and Venezuela are holding consultations on a new supply of helicopters to the Latin American country, and direct proposals have yet to be made. Venezuela has already bought 15 Mi helicopters, which will be assembled by December.

"Russia is ready to consider a proposal from Venezuela on the purchase of Mi helicopters, if it is made," the source said.

Venezuelan Defense Minister Raul Isaias Baduel said Tuesday the country was considering the purchase of an additional 55 helicopters, comprising the Mi-17 Hip H multi-purpose helicopter, the Mi-35 Hind attack helicopter, and the Mi-26 Halo transport helicopter.