Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, signed a contract with Ministry of Defence of Laos for repair of military helicopters.
Under the contract, the holding company specialists carry out repairs of helicopters for four years, among them – two Mi-17-1B and two Mi-17. This Mi-17 helicopters during the repair will be upgraded to Mi-17-1B.
According to the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (Russia), Army of Laos nearly 100% equipped with Soviet weapons and military equipment, most of the samples that were produced in 1950-1970.
The contract to supply 12 multi-role Mi-17 helicopters was signed with Laos in 1996. In 1997, two helicopters were delivered, the remaining 10 helos – two years later.