Kamov maintenance hangar sealed off by Civil Protection Authority

KamovHelicopterThe Civil Protection Authority has been accused of closing down the Kamov helicopter maintenance area at Ponte de Sor and kicking out the Russian engineers.
 
On Tuesday, "The National Civil Protection Authority closed down and sealed the facilities where the Kamov helicopters are being stored and expelled the Russian teams that were servicing the aircraft," states Everjets. 
 
“The Kamov helicopters were being repaired to operate at the start of the campaign to fight fires as from May 15th," reads the Everjets statement sent to the press.
 
The company warns that the readiness of these aircraft is "seriously compromised."
 
According to Everjets, the Civil Protection Authority claims that "the Russian maintenance company, Kamia Heliavionics, has been moving equipment and helicopter parts without prior authorisation, which has been normal over the years."
 
"Everjets, the company that operates the Kamovs in Portugal under contract with the State and which intended to comply with maintenance planning, is therefore unable to meet the objectives to ensure the readiness of the aircraft,” warned the company.
 
In February, the Ministry of Internal Affairs said it hoped the three remaining Kamov helicopters would be operational to integrate the forest firefighting device this year.
 
The other three, second-hand helicopters purchased from the Russians, no longer are functional. One has been inoperable since 2012, another two have been in repair since 2015. The remaining three Kamov that should be fit to fly also have been grounded: two for maintenance and one for "lack of certification."
 
The cost cost to taxpayers of the Kamov deal has been around €42 million for the six helicopters, plus the cost of a 20 year maintenance contract with Heliportugal which finally was terminated by the State which then signed a  contract with Everjets for the maintenance and the operation of this substandard, decrepit and mostly inoperable fleet. The cost: another €46 million over four years.
 
The Department of Investigation and Penal Action in Lisbon is investigating criminal aspects involving public servants in the Kamov fiasco and the subsequent maintenance contracts and, with Operation Crossfire, has lined up charges of ‘suspected corruption, economic participation in business, falsification and prevarication.’
 
As far back as 2004, the Court of Auditors analysed the 2006 and 2007 Kamov helicopter purchase agreements and concluded that the Secretary of State for Tax Affairs, Rocha Andrade, had bent the rules and certainly had not acted in the public interest.
 
With the remaining Kamov now sealed off, the government next will be ordering more expensive air cover for summer safety, with illicit payments included - if this corrupt bung-fest continues as per normal.
 
For those on the take, this helicopoter business has proved to be a gold mine. First, the ludicrously expensive purchase of clapped out Russian helicopters, then the necessity of having to hire contracted air cover.
 
The Air Force has been kept well at bay, depsite its offers to run the summer fire air support service as this would hamper civilians and civil servants feeding at the trough of public money that has been sloshed at this crooked system.  
 
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+1 #8 AL 2018-03-30 19:44
Quoting mj1:
is this the reason why they wouldn't join in expelling Russian diplomats :cry:

No!! The reason is because the British government has not offered any proof of Russian involvement so Portugal has taken a more cautious approach until real proof is offered. Also there's no money to be made by expelling Russian diplomats.
-1 #7 mj1 2018-03-30 15:26
is this the reason why they wouldn't join in expelling Russian diplomats :cry:
+1 #6 Rui Marcelo 2018-03-30 13:50
Quoting nogin the nog:
Quoting Rui Marcelo:
Quoting nogin the nog:
hmm.
There is no money to be made using state sponsored helicopters to fight fires. So stand them down just before the fire season, and then cut a deal with private third parties at the cost of the tax payers..
:-*




These helicopters are not being stood down, primarily because you can't stand something down that has never been of any practical use from the day they were purchased by either very inept and/or very corrupt government officials.
Instead of wasting time roaming around the forests on obviously ludicrous photo shoots Prime Minister Costa could be doing something really constructive by pushing forward the investigation into this blatantly venal fiasco.

Hmm
Totally agree with you, but ask your self are they that stupid or are the kick backs more lucrative from private contracts.. :-*



Stupid and/or corrupt, the facts only confirm that the people involved in the fatally flawed initial purchase and the abysmal ongoing maintenance fiasco are totally unfit to be employed in positions that handle taxpayers money and require common sense and probity.
+1 #5 nogin the nog 2018-03-29 12:42
Quoting Rui Marcelo:
Quoting nogin the nog:
hmm.
There is no money to be made using state sponsored helicopters to fight fires. So stand them down just before the fire season, and then cut a deal with private third parties at the cost of the tax payers..
:-*




These helicopters are not being stood down, primarily because you can't stand something down that has never been of any practical use from the day they were purchased by either very inept and/or very corrupt government officials.
Instead of wasting time roaming around the forests on obviously ludicrous photo shoots Prime Minister Costa could be doing something really constructive by pushing forward the investigation into this blatantly venal fiasco.

Hmm
Totally agree with you, but ask your self are they that stupid or are the kick backs more lucrative from private contracts.. :-*
-1 #4 mj1 2018-03-29 10:25
remember a case when Russia (USSR) built as a gift for one African country a hospital ..after a few years it was useless, things broken, no spare parts for all the Russian made equipment. Bit like Russian helicopters
+4 #3 Rui Marcelo 2018-03-29 09:54
Quoting nogin the nog:
hmm.
There is no money to be made using state sponsored helicopters to fight fires. So stand them down just before the fire season, and then cut a deal with private third parties at the cost of the tax payers..
:-*




These helicopters are not being stood down, primarily because you can't stand something down that has never been of any practical use from the day they were purchased by either very inept and/or very corrupt government officials.
Instead of wasting time roaming around the forests on obviously ludicrous photo shoots Prime Minister Costa could be doing something really constructive by pushing forward the investigation into this blatantly venal fiasco.
+1 #2 Jack Reacher 2018-03-29 09:12
Russian collusion in all facets of Portuguese industry, business and politics.
See what happens this summer.
0 #1 nogin the nog 2018-03-29 06:39
hmm.
There is no money to be made using state sponsored helicopters to fight fires. So stand them down just before the fire season, and then cut a deal with private third parties at the cost of the tax payers..
:-*

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