Russian Helicopters at Aero India 2015
Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) is taking part in the international air show Aero India 2015, which runs from 18 to 22 February in Bangalore, India. At the exhibition, Russian Helicopters showcases the latest Russian-made commercial and military helicopters.
“India is a key market for the Russian helicopter-building industry, and the largest operator of Russian-made helicopters in the region. We are planning to develop multilateral cooperation and are pleased to be able to showcase our new projects at this exhibition. In particular, the Ka-226T, which boasts a wealth of advantageous features,” said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev, who is heading the State Corporation Rostec delegation.
The Ka-226T (photo) is a light, twin-engine multirole, coaxial helicopter. It underwent testing in India during the helicopter tender was cancelled by the Indian authorities last year. The helicopter easily out-performed competitors produced by Western companies during flights in India's hot climate and mountainous areas.
The Ka-226T with Turbomeca Arrius 2G1 engines can be used in search-and-rescue, patrol or landing operations. Its ease of handling and latest avionics means that this helicopter is easy to man oeuvre in mountainous areas or built-up urban centers.
The absence of a tail rotor and its compact design mean that the Ka-226T can land even on small sites. The Ka-226T can be operated by India's law enforcement and civilian agencies. Helicopters is proposing to establish production of this model in India.
Russian Helicopters is showcasing the commercial multirole Mi-8/17 family helicopters and the Ansat, at Aero India 2015. The Mi-172 passenger helicopter will be on show in India, where it has been certified and is already operated by a range of companies. A VIP-version of the helicopter is also produced. The Ansat can be used to transport cargo and passengers, for surveillance, in search-and-rescue operations and on firefighting and medevac missions.
At Aero India 2015, Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport are showcasing the latest military-transport helicopters in the Mi-8/17 family. Currently, under a Rosoboronexport contract, the company supplies the latest Mi-17V-5 military-transport helicopters to India. A major contract for their delivery was signed in 2008.
Russian Helicopters is showcasing upcoming models at Aero India, with the Mi-171A2, which is being developed based on Mi-8/17 helicopters. The first prototype Mi-171A2 started flight tests in November 2014.
At Aero India 2015, Russian Helicopters will deliver a presentation for the Indian Ministry of Defense on developing after-sales service programs for helicopters supplied. New avenues for cooperation opened up in November 2014, when Russian Helicopters received permission to carry out external trade activities involving after-sales service for military helicopters it produced.