Nato-Russia Council

Afghan Helicopter Technicians Graduate in Russia


A second group of Afghan Air Force technicians successfully graduated from their NRC helicopter maintenance course in Russia on 28 September. The training is being provided through the NRC Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund, which was launched by NRC Foreign Ministers in April 2011. The Afghan trainees completed a 90-day long course on the maintenance of Mi-17 helicopters, which included both theoretical and practical tuition at the Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant, a world-class Russian helicopter maintenance training centre. They are the second group of trainees to have graduated from the course in Novosibirsk, following ten who graduated in July. /en/articles/10-april-2012-hmtf-training-starts/

The now-certified Afghan technicians have now returned home to Afghanistan, where they will begin to put into practice the maintenance skills they have learned on the Afghan Air Force’s fleet of Mi-17 helicopters. Ensuring that Afghanistan’s helicopters are ready for use is crucial for Afghan security, as they play key role delivering troops and supplies to remote regions. With two groups of NRC-trained engineers now back in Afghanistan working on helicopter maintenance, the NRC Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund is having a clearly positive impact on developing Afghanistan’s self sufficiency and supporting a vital capability. 

Read more about the background of the NRC Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund’s training for Afghan helicopter technicians: /en/articles/20-july-2012-hmtf-narp-training/