The conference was held under the auspices of the United Nations' World Food Programme from 7-9 October in Geneva (Switzerland). Russian Helicopters' experts estimate that up to 200 Russian-made helicopters are currently involved in UN peacekeeping and humanitarian operations around the world.
A large proportion of UN contracts are urgent, thus helicopters needed to be delivered and operational in very tight timelines. Russian-made helicopters are easy to transport: they can be rapidly disassembled for transportation by plane and assembled on-site. Russian Helicopters' products do not need to be stored in hangars and can be operated a distance from their service centers.
Today, Russian-made helicopters are involved in most of the UN's important, emergency operations, and have built up an impressive operational record. These operations chiefly involve Mi-8/17 series helicopters, the world's heaviest lifting Mi-26T, and irreplaceable Ka-32 models.
Russian helicopters have to operate in extremely difficult climates: enduring a wide range of temperatures, dust storms, downpours, and temperatures from -50 to +50 degrees Celsius. Thanks to their great resilience and reliability, Russian helicopters can land on unprepared ground, and work in mountainous areas. They discharge their duties impeccably in any conditions, and that is why they are irreplaceable in carrying out humanitarian and peacekeeping missions, particularly in countries such as Afghanistan, East Timor and countries in Africa (South Sudan, Somalia, among others).
Russian Helicopters place great importance on supporting the operation of helicopters on UN missions. At the Global Humanitarian Aviation Conference, specialists from Russian Helicopters and PANH gave a joint presentation entitled "Russian operators on humanitarian missions: challenges, problems, and experience." It covered the high flight and operational capabilities of Russian-made machines, and the level of safety - which meets the customer's highest standards, as can be seen from performance during UN humanitarian missions carried out in challenging conditions.
The Global Humanitarian Aviation Conference & Exhibition is an annual international event hosting discussion of a wide range of issues relating to aviation safety that have an impact on humanitarian air operations, and new developments in the aviation industry. Russian Helicopters specialists met with representatives of UN agencies, other humanitarian organizations, helicopter operators, EASA and FAA experts, and aviation authorities from various countries.