The Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan have only 3 operating helicopters. 7 more are awaiting the overhaul, Chief of the General Staff Asanbek Alymkojoyev said on September 10 at the plenary session of the Parliament.
Overhaul of one helicopter requires up to $3 million, he noticed.
In 2014, the Kyrgyz army helicopters rescued 25 people.
To maintain combat readiness and training of the Armed Forces, the General Staff is forced to sign agreements with travel agencies. As a result, the helicopters may be used to rescue or evacuate tourists caught up in a critical situation.
“1 hour of helicopter's operation costs 34 thousand som ($629). In addition, they defray the jet fuel consumed. This year, our special account has received 4.9 million som ($90.8 thousand),” Alymkojoyev added.
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