"Aviakon" ripped off program to modernize Ukrainian Mi-24
Kiev. March 15. Airports - State Enterprise MOU "Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant" Aviakon "(Ukraine) actually disrupted the program of modernization of the Mi-24, in the realization of which he spoke the parent company. Such a view" AviaPort "stated the representative of the Ukrainian military-industrial complex.
According to him, until December 31, 2010 was the first flight of the upgraded model of the Mi-24, but he still has not been implemented, and dates are unknown.
According to the source, in 2008-2009. the program of modernization of army MI-24 helicopters from the budget of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine was transferred to 140 million hryvnia (about $ 17.5 million). Of them, about $ 10 million has been listed French company Sagem, which took part in the project. The firm carries out work on avionics, navigation, software, helicopter, installing the interaction of its systems with a standard sight Ukrainian production of NPK Arsenal and manages a Ukrainian missile. In 2010, funding for the project was derailed.
Plant "Aviakon" as the main performer, providing coordination of works, the development of design documentation, compilation of information on the project. However, an engineering mistake at the start of the project resulted in "Aviakon" an impasse, and now actually work to begin anew, says the source.
Ukrainian Defense Ministry plans in 2011 to finance the modernization program of the Mi-24 for 7 million USD (about $ 0.9 million).
The program is implemented in co-operation 12 Ukrainian companies and the French company Sagem. The helicopter set a new streamlined sight NPC Arsenal, the new missile "Barrier-In" design GKB "Ray", the new engine TV3-117VMA-SBM1V, heliport opto-electronic suppression Adros "CT 01AVE design firm" Hadron " as well as modern European avionics.