Russian Helicopters at Innoprom 2015 Industrial Exhibition
Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) is taking part in the 6th international industrial exhibition Innoprom-2015, which is being held from the 8th to the 11th of July 2015 at the Ekaterinburg-Expo International Exhibition Centre.
The company is showcasing its Ansat multipurpose helicopter (photo) which has a number of competitive advantages compared to counterparts in its class. It is reliable and easy to operate, can be used in a wide range of climatic conditions, and does not need to be stored in a hangar. The Ansat has a metal fuselage, composite non load-bearing parts, and fiber glass blades. The hinge-less main rotor makes it easier to handle and significantly reduces its operating costs. In May 2015 the Ansat was certified by the IAC AR for passenger traffic, since which time the company has received orders from two airlines for these helicopters.
For the first time in Innoprom's history, the People's Republic of China is a partner country. Russian Helicopters is expanding its cooperation in helicopter building with China - the delivery of a batch of 52 Mi-171E helicopters to China was completed in 2014. In addition, the delivery of Ka-32A11BC helicopters continues and the delivery of at least one heavy Mi-26TS is planned. The largest cooperative project between Russia and China in the helicopter industry involves the joint production of a heavy helicopter, designated the AHL (Advanced Heavy Lift). Russian Helicopters and the Chinese aerospace manufacturer AVIC agreed on a framework agreement for cooperation on the creation of the AHL in May 2015. To date, the parties have held the first round of contract negotiations and cooperation on the project is underway.
Russian Helicopters is well known in China: the supply of Russian machines to China started with the first series-produced helicopter, the Mi-1. Mi-4 helicopters were assembled in China, licensed under the designation Harbin Z-5 at the Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation, part of AVIC. In addition to these models, China also operated the heavy Mi-6 helicopter, which was replaced by the Mi-26TS.
The Innoprom exhibition has taken place in Ekaterinburg yearly since 2010. This year it will be attended by exhibitors from 70 countries and 59 regions of Russia.
Russian Helicopters, (part of State Corporation Rostec), is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an after sale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. In 2014 its IFRS revenues increased 22.8% to RUB 169.8 billion. Deliveries reached 271 helicopters.