Rostec and Italian AgustaWestland have Several Joint Projects
Rostec offered 25% share of share exchange of helicopter companies to Italian AgustaWestland.
RIA Novosti reports that, as Sergey Chemezov noted at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, if this consolidation takes place, the resulting company will become the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world.
The Russian Helicopters holding company actively cooperates with AgustaWestland on the AW-139 helicopter, which could be seen at the HeliRussia-2014 International Helicopter Exhibition, as well as in the joint development of a light helicopter of up to 2.5 tons. Rostec conducted negotiations with AgustaWestland about strategic partnership at the MAKS-2013 International Aviation and Space Salon.
The AW139 is the only helicopter in its weight category equipped with an integrated anti-icing system, capable of reaching a speed of 309 km/h. The AW139 can transport cargoes of up to 2.5 tons to a distance of 750 km. It is used in search and rescue operations, firefighting and passenger transportation. This helicopter is also used as a basis for developing models with high-comfort interiors to meet business aviation needs.