The four components of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) of Venezuela have begun a major campaign of maintenance and recovery of their STOL aircraft of western origin that carry out liaison, light and medium transport missions in the transport aircraft squadrons in which they are integrated, at the same time this will be articulated with the maintenance work of the helicopter fleet of Russian origin that is progressing with the assistance of Russian Helicopters.
The fixed wing systems on which major maintenance work has started are the following: PZL M-28 Skytruck, IAI 202 Arava, Airbus C212-200 / 400 Aviocar, Alenia G.222, Lockheed Martin C-130H and different Beechcraft and Cessna turboprop aircraft models. These maintenance works will be carried out by military and civilian personnel assigned to the 714 Maintenance Center “Brigade General Francisco de Paula Alcantara” of the Bolivarian Army, the Naval Tactical Support Squadron of the Bolivarian Navy, and the Directorate of Maintenance and Aeronautical Development of Bolivarian Military Aviation, and will focus on three military facilities, such as the Caracas airport in Charallave (Miranda state), the General Bartolomé Salom airport in Puerto Cabello (Carabobo state), and the El Libertador Air Base in Palo Negro (state Aragua).
Regarding the Mi-17V5 rotary wing systems that equip the four components of the FANB, the delivery of the first operational units has already begun, which have been subject to major inspection work since 2020, which is carried out by Venezuelan and specialists from the Russian Helicopters company in the Bolivarian Military Aviation Aeronautical Maintenance Center, located in Hangar No. 2 of the El Libertador Air Base, and this as a consequence of the delay in the conclusion of the final works of the Center of Helicopter Maintenance and Repair (Cemareh) located at the General Brigade Oswaldo Guevara Mujica de Acarigua airport (Portuguesa state).