ARINC Engineering Services, LLC, has finished the modification of 22 Russian Mi-17 Helicopters for use by the Air Force of Iraq, delivering the aircraft six weeks ahead of schedule.
Originally scheduled to complete final aircraft deliveries by July 25, 2011, ARINC delivered the final 2 aircraft to Iraqi representatives in Taji, Iraq, on June 15 with the help of subcontractor AAL Group LTD. ARINC Engineering Services performed a similar upgrade of 10 Mi-17 Helicopters for the Air Force of Afghanistan last year, with most of the modification work on both programs performed in UAE.
“The acquisition, modification and delivery of these Russian helicopters to Iraq and Afghanistan was a groundbreaking program for ARINC Engineering Services, for our Russian teammate, AAL Group LTD, for the United States government, and for the Russian federation,” stated David Turansky, ARINC program director. “The success of the programs is a testament to the teamwork of the government organizations and companies involved.”
The ARINC Engineering Services Program Office managed the U.S. Army contracts from its Warner Robins, Ga., office.