Chinese aircraft manufacturer sells planes to Russia

Beijing, Dec 7 (IANS) A Chinese aircraft manufacturer, the Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG), said on Monday that it has signed a contract to sell 15 Y-12E aircraft to a Russian company.

The company, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said it signed the contract with Fly AVIA FZE, which provides aviation equipment, repairs and after-sales services for the Russian market, Xinhua reported.

The aircraft will be delivered in 2017 and the contract is worth 550 million yuan (about $87.3 million), according to the statement.

The short-haul Y-12 series aircraft are used mainly for passenger and cargo transport, geological exploration, ocean monitoring and agriculture.

It has obtained certification in more than ten countries including Russia, the US, France and the UK.

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