Hellenic Aerospace signs MoC with Russia's Irkut over BE-200
Prospects of greater cooperation between Russia and Greece in the hi-tech sector were highlighted on Tuesday with the signing of MoC between the e Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) and Irkut Corp., a leading Russian aviation firm.
The agreement will become operation if Greece decides to purchase the Beriev “Be-200” amphibian fire-fighting airplane.
A relevant signing ceremony was attended Development Minister Christos Folias, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Viktor Borisovich Khristenko, Russia’s ambassador to Athens and the president of the Russian company.
Folias referred to the friendly ties between Athens and Moscow, underlining that Greece is a “valuable partner for Russia in the sector of energy and now we are called on to prove that we are equally appropriate partners in the sector of high technology as well.”
The Russian minister pointed out that his country has ambitious plans and is seeking out trustworthy international partners.
According to the MoC, HAI will be assigned a portion of the construction of various aircrafts' compartments and electronic subsystems.
In addition, HAI would be designated as a certified maintenance centre for the specific aircraft type, serving the international market and would participate in the designing and construction of the Russian passenger plane “MC-21”, which is currently under development.