Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) is taking part in the Russian national exhibition Trade and Industrial Dialogue: Russia-Iran 2015, which is led by Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov and held from 21 to 23 December in Tehran, Iran.
“Russian Helicopters' position in the region has traditionally been strong. Today, there are over 500 Soviet and Russian-made military and commercial helicopters operating in the region. Helicopters from the legendary Mi-8/17 series, internationally renowned for their universality and high flight capabilities, comprise most of this fleet. Over 50 of these aircraft are operated in Iran,” Russian Helicopters' CEO Alexander Mikheev said.
“We plan to strengthen our business ties with our partners in the Middle East, while also developing cooperation on delivering the latest helicopter technology and on providing after-sales and modernization services,” he added.
The new multirole Mi-171A2 (photo), which is showcased at the event, is a comprehensive modernization of the legendary Mi-8 series helicopters, and is a development priority for Russian Helicopters. The advantages of the Mi-8/17 aircraft are built on – incorporating the latest developments in material use and avionics. Equipped with more powerful engines and a new rotor system, these helicopters have also been designed for enhanced environmental performance and reduced noise levels. The Mi-171A2 can be operated in high mountainous areas, raised humidity and high temperatures. Thanks to their avionics suite they can be operated day and night in any weather conditions, as well as over water.
Visitors to the exhibition will also have the chance to learn more about the multirole Ka-32A11BC, which boasts a wide range of potential uses: passenger and cargo transport, construction operations, fire-fighting and search and rescue missions, medevac and patrol operations. It can be fitted with additional equipment for each different type of operation.
The light Ka-226T is showcased in Iran for the first time. Built to a coaxial design, it boasts enhanced maneuverability and power-to-weight ratio, and is equipped with the latest avionics suite. This model is easy to man oeuvre in densely built up urban locations and mountainous areas. It is a compact model with no tail rotor, which means that it does not need much space for landing. Both helicopters are also available in medical variants.
During the Exhibition, Russian Helicopters’ representatives will take part in talks with Iran Aviation Industries Organization, Fanavaran Aseman, PARS Aviation Service, and Interavia. The parties will discuss prospects for the delivery of Mi-8/17, Ka-32A11BC, Ka-226T helicopters and after sales service systems, including modernization, delivery of spares parts and personnel training. Talks will also be held with the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran on deliveries of the medical Ka-226T helicopter.
Discussions with Iran's PANHA company will focus on creating and developing after-sales service systems for Russian-made helicopters at existing aircraft repair plants and service centers. In mid-November, the parties signed contracts for the delivery of spare parts and technical support and retooling the service and repair centre for Mi-8/17 commercial helicopters. Establishing service and repair systems for Russian-made helicopters across the globe is a priority for Russian Helicopters.
The Trade and Industrial Dialogue: Russia-Iran 2015 international exhibition is organized by the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Russian Helicopters is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Moscow.
The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an after sale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world.