By Steve Cowan
The Ukroboronprom concern has disrupted plans to assemble American UH-1 “Iroquois” helicopters, the Defense Express publication reports.
As the publication notes, in February of this year, the general director of the concern Yuri Gusev promised to establish a “licensed assembly” of these machines at the facilities of the Odesa Aviation Plant and build the first such helicopter by the 30th anniversary of independence of Ukraine. Still, currently, the assembly has not even begun.
At the same time, Ukroboronprom itself stated that at the moment, machine kits for assembling helicopters had not been delivered to the country due to lengthy licensing procedures; in this regard, the start of production is being shifted.
In addition, according to Defense Express, it later turned out that the American company Bell Textron did not issue Ukroboronprom a permit for the production of these helicopters; it was about cooperation with a little-known company from Florida engaged in the repair of Bell helicopters.
UH-1 “Iroquois” is an American multi-purpose helicopter of the Bell Helicopter Textron company; it is one of the most famous and mass-produced machines in the history of helicopter construction. Mass-produced since 1960, it became widely known thanks to the Vietnam War.