NSPA Performance Review in Siberia

15 March 2013


Mr Scott Willason, of the NSPA Logistics Operations business unit – General Services Programme, met officials of the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at the Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant in Siberia (Russia) on 27–28 February 2013.

Approximately 30 AAF maintenance technicians received training under the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) project which provides training and spare parts in support of the Afghan fleet of Mi-17 and Mi-35 Helicopters. The project aims to improve AAF helicopter readiness and sustainability through the enhancement of local AAF helicopter maintenance capabilities and capacities. With support from Germany (Lead Nation), the HMTF Project has benefited from generous cash and in-kind contributions from donors during its first phase (Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey and the United States). With both the training and spare parts being provided by the Original Equipment Manufacturer in Russia, this project marks the first direct contracts from NSPA to a Russian firm.

On 6 December 2012, the NRC Foreign Ministers agreed to move forward with the second phase of the HMTF project, starting in May 2013, which consists of 3 additional Mi-17 training courses, 2 Mi-35 intermediate level and specialized training courses, support for the AAF medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) capacity and additional spare parts. Currently, the Trust Fund is funding Phase II of the HMTF project to the tune of EUR 4,115,000 out of a total estimated budget of EUR 5,200,000. Notable contributors already include Germany, Russia and the United States.

For more information about Trust Fund Projects managed in the General Services Programme, please visit:
http://www.nspa.nato.int/en/organization/logistics/LogServ/ntfp.htm.