Moscow, Islamabad Discuss Establishment of Helicopter Service Center

© AP Photo / Kevin FrayerPakistanis crowd around a Pakistan Army helicopter during a drop of much needed food supplies to the flood encircled village of Tul in , Sindh Province, southern Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 20, 2010
Pakistanis crowd around a Pakistan Army helicopter during a drop of much needed food supplies to the flood encircled village of Tul in , Sindh Province, southern Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 20, 2010 - Sputnik International
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Head of Rostec's International Cooperation Department Viktor Kladov said that Moscow and Islamabad are holding negotiations on creating a Russian technical service center in Pakistan, which would maintain and repair helicopters.

DUBAI (Sputnik) — Russia and Pakistan are negotiating over the creation of a service center for helicopters in Pakistan, head of Rostec's International Cooperation Department Viktor Kladov said Sunday.

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"There is a huge number of Russian helicopters in Pakistan. We are currently holding negotiations. It is about creating a technical service center, which would maintain and repair helicopters," Kladov said.

In March, Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain announced Islamabad's intention to expand military-technical cooperation with Russia and purchase Russian helicopter gunships.

In August, a contract for four Mi-35M transport and attack helicopters was signed by Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport and Pakistan's Ministry of Defense, according to a spokesperson for the Russian Embassy in Islamabad.

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