“Russian Helicopters is one of the world's leading helicopter designers and producers. We have accumulated extensive experience in building all types of helicopters. Our designers and researchers develop new models incorporating innovative solutions and new materials. Russian Helicopters also stands for extensive international cooperation in helicopter construction,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said.
“Sharing experience and knowledge improves helicopter technology, increases security and boosts operational effectiveness. At Le Bourget, Russian Helicopters will showcase the heavy Mi-26T2, which went into serial production this May, the medium Ka-32A11BC and the upcoming Mi-171A2 (photo),” he added.
The heavy Mi-26T2 (an upgraded version of the Mi-26T helicopter) boasts unrivalled capabilities. It is equipped with the latest avionics, enabling the number of crew to be cut from 5 to 2-3 people, and meaning it can be operated at night time. The Mi-26T2 does not need special airfield-based maintenance, and can be based autonomously long-term.
Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the new Mi-171A2, which Russian Helicopters will unveil in its VIP variant. This new Mi-171A2 is performing successfully in the final phase of tests. Built on the basis of the legendary Mi-8/17, which is in operation in over 100 countries worldwide, this new helicopter is equipped with an integrated digital avionics suite. The Mi-171A2 also boasts a modernized fuselage, engine and main rotor system, making it more aerodynamic and delivering enhanced tactical and technical capabilities.
Another model that occupies a leading position in its class is the Ka-32A11BC. It is in operation in many countries worldwide and is known as an outstanding fire-fighting helicopter. It is designed for special search-and-rescue, high altitude construction or assembly work, transporting cargo internally or on an external sling, logging, evacuating the sick and injured, complex fire-fighting operations, in addition to patrols and providing support for special operations.
Russian Helicopters specialists and operators of Russian-made helicopters will share their experience. Under License dated 30.09.2014 No. 2014214207, Russian Helicopters has the right to export spare parts, components, special training and auxiliary equipment, as well as technical documentation for military helicopters already delivered, and to carry out works to extend their service life, repair and modernization (including design research and development work), utilization and other works comprising full service provision for military helicopters, and training foreign specialists to carry out these works.
Russian Helicopters is also sponsoring Russian Hour, which will take place during Paris Air Show 2015.