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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Russian Helicopters Wins Transparency Award

By Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief

Russian Helicopters has announced that it has won a Leadership in Competitive Procurement (LCP) award for increased transparency, particularly in its procurement process. The award, one of 11 awards presented on Oct. 3 by the Russian B2B Center (JSC Center for Development Economics), was presented to Russian Helicopters for ensuring “the transparency and openness of trade and the active use of e-commerce tools.”

Talking of the award, open to Russian and CIS corporations, Dmitry Mishutin, director of the procurement department at Russian Helicopters said: “Transparency is an important principle for Russian Helicopters, and one that makes our procurement processes more efficient.”

Russian Helicopters is a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of the government owned Rostec corporation.

According to Mishutin: “Russian Helicopters strives to act like a public company, meeting global standards and best practice and setting the standard for other market players.

The award announcement follows the recent bad press in the United States after the decision in September by the Pentagon to launch a criminal investigation into contracts awarded by the U.S. Army’s Non Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft (NSRWA) department to Avia Baltika and St. Petersburg Aircraft Repair Company (SPARC) via Russian state arms export organization Rosoboronexport. The contracts were related to the maintenance of Mi-17s bought for the Afghan military. Russian Helicopters has no formal business responsibility for either of the companies mentioned in the Pentagon probe, nor is it part of that investigation.

Related: Procurement News

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