Mil user conference
"A broad programme of upgrades of the Mil helicopter family is planned over the next five years by the manufacturer. In connection with this, Mil's First Deputy General Designer, Alexei Samusenko, recently announced that the firm plans a major conference this spring for current users of Mil helicopters. Along with the firm's own upgrade projects, the conference will address a modernization programme of helicopters developed jointly with Mil's Moscow Helicopter Plant, the Ministry of Economics, Rosaviakosmos and the other manufacturing plants associated with Mil's designs. The latter programme is based on financial support from the State budget, covering a period of five years, with the likelihood of one tranche of support being granted per year. Around 30,000 Mil helicopters of all types have been built, of which 11,000 are Mi-8/17s currently available on the export market for US$4-4.5m."