Russian Helicopters is working on implementation of new composites in design of new versions of Mi-8 military-transport helicopter, as well as light armor.
“We don’t see any reasons to replace Mi-8, because the vehicle is upgraded every 3 or 5 years. This is a proven platform and we’re working on its service life, life cycle, avionics, weapon system and we are also implementing new materials, including composites and light armor,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev was quoted as saying by Ria Novosti.
He noted that the helicopter is still in demand in Russia and foreign countries. Composites have a number of advantages compared to traditional materials: high durability, resistance to high temperatures and chemical substances.
Russian Helicopters Ka-32A11BC is helping to put out summer forest fires in Spain, Portugal, and other countries in Southern Europe. The multirole Ka-32A11BC is the only coaxial helicopter capable of reaching the scene of the blaze in record time and delivering about 5 tonnes of water to extinguish the fire, a company press release said
Russian Helicopters and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) signed a framework agreement last week to develop an advanced heavy-lift helicopter. The agreement was signed at the Moscow Kremlin in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping by the CEO of Russian Helicopters, Alexander MIkheev, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of AVIC, Lin Zuoming
Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) announced today that it has delivered the first two repaired Ka-31 attack helicopters produced by Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise (a Russian Helicopters company) to India. In 2004, Kumertau Aviation supplied nine Ka-31 helicopters to India
Russian Helicopters at LIMA 2015 plans to hold talks with Malaysian state company AIROD and the country's firefighting department BOMBA, both of which are considering the acquisition of a new consignment of multirole Mi-8/17 series helicopters. In addition, Russian Helicopters jointly with Rosoboronexport will discuss opportunities for supplying the Mi-35M, Mi-171Sh and Mi-171V-5 to the security forces of Malaysia and other countries in South-East Asia
Russian Helicopters fourth prototype of the new multirole Mi-38 helicopter has successfully completed its test flight, the company said in a statement today. The helicopter was sent to the test flight centre at Military Moscow Helicopter Plant for preparations ahead of its certification testing
The phasing out ceremony of the Indian Air Force (IAF) MI-8 Helicopters also known as the “PRATAP” was held on Sunday at the IAF station in Bengalore. The MI-8 helicopters arrived in India in the year 1971 at Bombay and were formally inducted in the Indian Air Force helicopter inventory in the year 1972
Russian Helicopters are planning to set up new maintenance and repair centers for aircraft in India and also to upgrade the existing ones. Special consideration will be given to upgrading previously supplied helicopters: upgrade work on rotor transmission, fuel system, radio navigation and communications equipment; installation of a new-type engine and APU (auxiliary power unit); improved protection against terrorist threats
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