“HELICOPTER SCANDAL”

On June 8 this year The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has agreed to attract a loan of 475 million euros to purchase 55 helicopters from the French company Airbus Helicopters, which are planned to be delivered to the National Police, the State Emergency Service, the Border Guard Service and the National Guard. The law, which was lobbied by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, passed through the parliament with difficulty – for it voted 227 deputies, with the mini-mum required 226 votes. Such indecision of the people’s representatives is con-nected with the more than doubtful character of this deal, which is quite obvious even for representatives of the ruling coalition.
Issue about the “helicopter deal” began to be discussed in May 29, when Arsen Avakov signed an agreement with the French government, and imme-diately sent him to parliament. Experts immediately began to talk about the fact that half a billion dollars for new helicopters were not budgeted, and the deal is beneficial only to the French side – which provides an order to its own airline and sells its products to Ukraine. Moreover, for this, the country takes on the next loans – a bank loan amounting to 430 million euros and a treasury loan of 45 million euros for a period of 6 years and at 1% per annum.
This almost exactly repeats the “diesel” contract of Peter Poroshenko and Donald Trump, when the Ukrainian authorities tried to buy the loyalty of the American president due to large-scale supplies of old overseas diesel locomotives that could be built at Ukrainian plants. Moreover, this knowingly unprofitable and humiliating agreement for the country was presented to Ukrainians as an outstanding achievement of power, which brilliantly confirmed the inviolability of the transatlantic partnership.
Moreover – it soon became clear that the Ukrainian-French agreement on the supply of helicopters was a remake of the failed deal with Poland, which abandoned it in the interests of its own aircraft manufacturer. The Poles canceled the deal and decided, instead of French helicopters, to modernize and extend the life of their helicopters.
Ukraine could also spend half a billion on an attempt to save its only heli-copter enterprise – The Motor Sich Public Joint Stock Company. Moreover, no further, as in April the aircraft was presented there, presenting it to the public as the first Ukrainian civil helicopter “Hope”. According to the designers, this helicopter is intended for patrolling roads, monitoring gas pipelines, for use by units of the State Emergency Service, State Border Guard Service and the police – that is, exactly for the same purpose for which helicopters purchased from France are intended.
The Motor Sich “Hope” turned out to be a profound modernization of the old and well-deserved Mi-2. However, the Polish helicopters are also modifications of the Soviet models of the Mile design bureau – which did not prevent Warsaw from making the final choice in their favor.
By the way, the model Airbus H225, purchased in France, is also a modified version of the old helicopter, which was made in 1977. In addition, it is notorious for problems with the rotor, which even led to accidents with human casualties. As a result, some countries of the world imposed a temporary ban on H225 flights, and a number of customers returned the French purchased helicopters – and this, by the way, most likely affected the fate of the contract terminated by Warsaw. But the Ukrainian ministers do not care much about the safety of their pilots, and the deputies who voted for the ratification of the Avakov Treaty hardly bothered to study the problems and shortcomings of the French helicopter.
As for “Motor Sich” – the Ukrainian authorities not only do not make efforts to support the dying enterprise with the help of the state order. In Kiev, literally, finish the ill-fated plant. Soon after the presentation of “Hope” – which, incidentally, did not arrive any major metropolitan official – the Security Service of Ukraine arranged a search at the enterprise with the seizure of documents, and said that the management of “Motor Sich” harmed the national interests of Ukraine, undermining its defense capability.
According to the National Security Agency, Ukrainian aircraft designers sold some unique technical developments to the foreign company. Most likely, they meant the aircraft engines manufactured in Zaporozhye for combat aircraft, which the Chinese side actively purchased. China generally wanted to buy the Ukrainian plant, but last fall the Kyiv Shevchenko District Court arrested 41% of Motor Sich shares to prevent the plant from selling to the Chinese. The only trou-ble is that in the absence of state support, Ukrainian aircraft construction is doomed to a quick death. That is, we have the situation “neither to ourselves, nor to people”: the state, having limited the possibilities of “Motor Sich” to cooperate with Russian plants, did not provide it with state order, condemning to death a brilliant plant and people. When the management tries to get out of the situation, selling part of the enterprise to the Chinese – they face the bloc and the criminal case.
Now experts argue that they can get from a helicopter deal lobbying its Ukrainian officials. Many see in it a banal corruption motive.
Comprador policy of power leads to the fact that even factories like the Za-porozhye enterprise will soon wither away. While millions of budget money fly through the propeller of the tender schemes.

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