AEPL will provide post-warranty product support of MiG 29K/KUB aircraft, Associated Systems, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and Special to Type Test Equipment (STTE) present in the inventory of the Indian Navy
Aviatech Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. (AEPL), a Crown Group Company, which specialises in defence aerospace MRO and aviation engineering services including engineering design, manufacture, product development and production for indigenisation and NABL accredited calibration facility, has entered into a ‘Framework Agreement’ with Joint Stock Company RAC MiG.
AEPL will be the in-country authorised partner for RAC MiG for providing post-warranty product support for MiG 29K/KUB aircraft, associated systems, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and Special to Type Test Equipment (STTE) in the inventory of the Indian Navy.
Speaking on the partnership, Rear Admiral Srinivas Kanugo, VSM (retd), head of Aerospace Engineering and CEO Aviatech Enterprises Pvt. Ltd (AEPL), said, “We are proud to be the preferred Partner of Choice for JSC RAC MiG, Russia’s premier aerospace and defence company. The ‘Framework Agreement’ is an enabling agreement which paves the way for enhanced in-country product support at the doorstep of the Indian Navy establishments operating or maintaining the MiG-29K/ KUB fleet of aircraft. It drastically reduces the turnaround timelines of the aggregates through the contracts on a long-term basis as per MoD (Dept of Defence Production) guidelines. The association of Indian partner, AEPL in the follow-on support contracts addresses critical maintenance, logistic and supply chain issues on 24X7 basis, thus enhancing the availability of the aircraft and associated systems.”
The above agreement is in line with the ‘Make in India’ policy under ‘Atmanirbhar Abhiyan’ vision of the government of India. The agreement has been concluded under the spirit of ‘Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA)’ signed between GOI and Russian Federation in September 2019. It is also in line with the area of focus of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to engage with the industry to set up repair and overhaul (ROH) facilities within India for high value rotables/ repairables and encouraging in-house MRO facilities, thereby leading to reduced timeframes for repair and enhanced operational availability of assets.