Category Archives: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters testing Mi-171A2 with KBO-17 onboard avionics system


Russian Helicopters and KRET have begun testing the Mi-171A2 helicopter with the KBO-17 avionics system. The hovering test flight is taking place at the flight test facility of the M. L. Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant’s National Center for Helicopter Construction.

For testing, the KBO-17 was installed on the first prototype of the Mi-171A2, which was presented at the International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky in 2013.

The KBO-17 flight and navigation system was created at KRET’s Ulyanovsk Instrument Design Bureau. With the advancements introduced in the KBO-17, the Mi-171A2 can safely fly at any time, as well as in adverse weather conditions. To ensure safe flying, the system displays GPS/GLONASS satellite information, mapping, VOR/ILS navigation data, weather information, and alerts about any upcoming obstacles (power lines, masts, isolated trees, etc.). Upon request, the KBO-17 system can also be equipped with the KOS-17 24-hour surveillance system.


Russian Helicopters Taken Over Management of Five Aircraft Repair Plants


Russian Helicopters has announced it has taken over the management of five aircraft repair plants to strengthen its after-sale services.

The plants, formerly owned by the Ministry of Defense, are in the cities of Khabarovsk, Svetly, Engels, St. Petersburg and Chita, it said.

“The aircraft repair plants that have joined Russian Helicopters will play an important role in strengthening and developing a modern after-sales service offering,” said Russian Helicopters Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Servicing Yury Borisov. “Boosting service capacity and expanding geographical reach are key conditions (that) effectively fulfill state procurement orders for technical support and maintenance of helicopters.”

Day of Russian Helicopters


The holding Russian Helicopters, a part of the State Corporation Rostec will attend and will be the title sponsor of the VII International Exhibition of Helicopter Industry HeliRussia-2014, which will be held from May 22 to 24 2014 in the first pavilion of the Moscow Expositional Centre Crocus Expo. The first day of the exhibition has been declared the day of Helicopters of Russia.

The holding will show at the exhibition the modern civil and military helicopters, and it will tell about helicopters’ development prospects, as well as about projects for international cooperation.

The program of participation of Russian Helicopters in the exhibition is traditionally rich and varied. On May 22, the company representatives will take part in the VI International Conference Market of Helicopters: Realities and Perspectives, dedicated to the growth of the market of helicopters.

Russian Helicopters to Exhibit Latest Developments in Berlin


The Russian Helicopters holding will take part at the Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung (ILA), which is scheduled to take place from May 20 to 25 in Berlin.

The ILA 2014 exhibition venue will be the Berlin ExpoCenter Airport complex.

Russian Helicopters will present the Ka-32A11BC multipurpose helicopter, the Mi-38 passenger transport helicopter and the Ka-52 “Alligator” reconnaissance and attack helicopter, which is sold to foreign markets through Rosoboronexport. During ILA 2014 the holding plans to conduct a series of meetings and talks with leading companies in the aircraft industry, and it will also participate at briefings and conferences.

The new Mi-38 civil transport-passenger helicopter will also be on hand at ILA 2014 in its medical and evacuation version.

Ansat Helicopter to be Demanded in the Market


Chief designer of Kazan Helicopters Alexey Garipov has explained why Ansat helicopter will be demanded in the market.

Helicopters of this class are highly needed. If we look at foreign partners, we will see that they offer a large number of various light utility helicopter models. Unfortunately we have almost no similar Russian rotorcraft, except for Mi-2, which is now being put out of service. Helicopters of this class are highly demanded in the market and have great future prospects.

Ansat program covers two core areas: civil and training ones. Ansat has been modified in accordance with the requirements of the Russian Ministry of Defense and is currently used in its training variant to develop the skills of the trainees. We are also rapidly developing the civil part. Ansat has various target modifications: passenger, search and rescue, medical, training ones. It is a low-maintenance rotorcraft, which does not require hangars for keeping. Ansat may be compared with Mi-8 in the ease of operation, being a ‘hop and go’ model.

Russian Helicopters at Defence Services Asia 2014


Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, showcase a range of commercial and military helicopters at the 14th Defence Services Asia exhibition and conference, which runs from 14-17 April in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Russian Helicopters will showcase promising new models such as the Mi-171A2 and Ka-62 to helicopter operators and government officials. The Mi-171A2 has been developed based on the world-famous Mi-8/17 series and drawing on the rich operating experience of these helicopters around the world. It features modern technologies and solutions, and has been designed to meet the wishes of potential clients and operators. Another new model, the new medium commercial Ka-62, was created as a broad international collaboration project.

Russian Helicopters will also showcase military-transport models of the Mi-8/17 series (the Mi-17V-5 and Mi-171Sh), as well as the Mi-35M, created using new technologies and based on the legendary Mi-24 gunship. These helicopters are used worldwide and are renowned for their reliability, proficiency and robustness.

Russian Helicopters to Fly to Malaysia


The holding company Russian Helicopters will participate in the 14th international exposition of defense systems and services, DSA-2014 (Defense Services Asia). The event, which will take place April 14-17 in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, will bring together the world’s leading manufacturers and customers of military equipment and weapons.

At the expo, Russian Helicopters will present their latest models, which have particular relevance for the Asia-Pacific region. One of such models is the unique Russian Ka-32A11BC helicopter, which is already used in more than 30 countries for firefighting, search and rescue operations, and complex construction and installation projects. It is distinguished by its coaxial rotors, which rotate in opposite directions around the geometrical axis of the aircraft. This allows the helicopter to perform accurately complex maneuvers and maintain a high level of stability while hovering.

Russian Helicopters Seen Sustainable Growth in Latin America


Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has seen sustainable growth in demand from Latin America, which is home to one of the largest fleets of Russian-built helicopters in the world – and one that is continuing to expand.

“The fleet of Russian-built helicopters in Latin America has grown by 6% over the last three years, from 385 machines in 2011 to 409 at the start of 2014,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said. “Our products are recognised around the world for their reliability and efficiency, and this helps us not only to maintain our traditionally strong position in Latin America but also to grow our presence in this fast-growing market.”

Russian Helicopters Take Part at FIDAE 2014 in Chile


Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase new models including the Mi-171A2and Ka-32A11BCat the 18th International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE 2014) on 25-30 March in the Chilean capital Santiago. The company’s display can be found at stand D70. In collaboration with Rosobornexport, Russian Helicopters will also present the multirole Mi-35Mmilitary transport helicopter.

“Latin America is a strategically important market for Rostec, and for Russian Helicopters in particular,” said Sergei Goreslavsky, head of Rostec’s department for international cooperation. “Today over 400 Soviet- and Russian-built helicopters operate in the region, and there are also service centres providing after-sales care for our machines. Many countries have a long tradition of purchasing Russian products. We are interested in promoting not only military helicopters but also Russian Helicopters’ commercial offering – in recent years we have achieved significant success on this front.”

U.S.-Purchased Russian Helicopters Still Scheduled For Afghanistan


Russian-made helicopters — purchased using U.S. funding for the Afghan army’s use — are still on pace for delivery the Pentagon has confirmed, moving forward with delivery despite the current deep freeze in relations between the two former Cold War adversaries.

The Pentagon’s purchase of 33 Mi-17 attack helicopters was the first major deal inked with Russian state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport since sanctions on the company were lifted in 2010. The initial version of the contract was signed in 2011 and was followed up last June with an order for an additional 30 helicopters. By then, however, Congress was in full revolt, banning the deal in legislation that the administration swiftly overturned as a national security concern. Last November, reports indicated that the Defense Department was giving up on the purchase of additional helicopters from Russia — but intended to follow through on the already signed contract.