Russian Helicopters has completed deliveries of the first batch of multirole Ка-32A11BC helicopters, which are built at Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise.
After the delivery of the first batch, two more helicopters will be handed over to the Chinese operators in 2017, the company said in a statement Thursday.
The delivery is part of the contract to supply four multirole Ka-32A11BCs, which was signed between Russian Helicopters and Jiangsu Baoli Aviation Equipment Investment Co., Ltd in November 2015. These machines will be used for firefighting and rescue operations.
“Ka-32A11BC helicopters have been operated in China for several years now, and they proved to be reliable. These helicopters are essential for firefighting in dense urban areas where conventional crews, as a rule, have limited access to high-rise buildings,” said Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO for Marketing and Business Development Alexander Shcherbinin.
The multirole Ka-32A11BC helicopter is designed for search and rescue missions and for work at high altitudes, for cargo transporting, medevac, firefighting and patrolling. In China, these machines are mainly used for firefighting and rescue operations, as well as for work in the highlands.
Russian Helicopters have previously delivered 11 Ka-32 type helicopters to various Chinese customers. In 2015, 3 units were shipped, while another agreement was signed at China Aviation and Aerospace – 2016 to supply to Jiangsu Baoli a Ka-32A11BC and aviation equipment for this type of rotorcraft in 2017.