Victory Day Anniversary

Victory Day Anniversary
09.05.2014 / Moscow

Dear friends,

Russian Helicopters wishes you a very happy 9 May – Victory Day.

We would like to wish you happiness, health, wellbeing and peaceful skies overhead.

Victory over Nazi Germany cost our country dear. On 9 May we remember all those who fought for their motherland with resilience, courage, and heroism. We remember all those who worked selflessly, away fr om the front lines, to create a reliable, formidable defence industry that supported our victory over the Nazi occupation forces.

Nikolai Kamov and Mikhail Mil were supremely talented in the field of aviation. As the founders of Russia’s helicopter construction sector and legendary design bureaux, they made a significant contribution to this victory. Nikolai Kamov developed new flight technology during the Second World War: his A-7 autogyros were deployed to the front during the early days of the war, and were soon followed by Kamov himself to oversee repair work. These A-7s saw combat, delivering cargo to partisans.

Mikhail Mil, meanwhile, worked to enhance military planes, improving their resilience and handling, receiving state awards for his valuable work.

During the war, numerous entities that are now part of Russian Helicopters created and serviced rotorcraft that were deployed against the enemy.

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, then known as Aviation Plant No. 99, produced fuselages and tail sections for the Pe-2, which became one of the main bombers to see service at the front. It produced La-5 fighter planes from 1943, and from 1944 La-7 fighter planes, which became the main attack component in the Soviet Air Force.

Kazan Helicopters, then known as Aviation Plant No. 387, produced over 11,000 Po-2 biplanes, which saw service at the front and became known as the Soviet Air Force’s light cavalry. This plant assembled all of the military planes produced by the Soviet aviation defence industry during the war.

Rostvertol, which traces its history back to aviation plant No. 168, was founded in Ryazan, and in the early years of the war produced wings for MIG-3 fighter planes, and later for KTs-20 assault gliders. These were not only deployed in troop landings, but also delivered equipment to tank forces and partisan groupings.

Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company was founded at aviation repair plant No. 116, which during the war repaired planes and their engines, and also produced UT-2 flight trainer planes that combat pilots trained in.

Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant, which incorporated aviation concerns evacuated from Moscow, repaired 232 military planes and 658 plane engines, including those seized from the enemy that lacked any supporting design documents.

One of the country’s oldest aviation repair enterprises, aviation repair plant No. 356 was founded in 1931. During the Second World War it repaired fighter planes including the I-15, I-15BIS, I-16, and I-153), bombers such as the SB, PE-2, and TU-2, and their engines.

Aviation repair plant No. 419 was founded in Vologda region during the war, in 1942. During the war it was repeatedly relocated and repaired fighter planes, assault planes and bombers at the Vokhovsky and Leningrad fronts.

During some of the war’s fiercest fighting, aviation workers met tight deadlines to produce and repair new types of planes and engines, and in doing so made an invaluable contribution to the common goal of victory.

Every year, Russian Helicopters companies hold events for veterans to commemorate Victory Day. This year, Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company is participating in municipal events in the town of Arsenyev, and children from an affiliated kindergarten are invited to the commemoration at the plant. Rostvertol is unveiling the “No one forgotten, nothing forgotten” memorial. Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant invited children from the Siberian Cadet Corps to its event, wh ere former employees will be awarded Pokryshkin medals For Excellence in Service to the Motherland, Active Involvement in Military-Patriotic Education, and Significant Contribution to Preserving the Memory of Siberia’s Soldiers. Kazan Helicopters has organised a wreath-laying ceremony at the eternal flame and the monument at the plant to soldiers who laid down their lives, as well as a meeting for veterans who fought in the war or worked in reserved occupations away from the front.

As is traditional, Russian military helicopters will take part in the Victory Day Parade on Moscow’s Red Square and in other cities across the country. This year, Ka-52 Alligator, Mi-28N Night Hunter, and Mi-35M attack helicopters will take part in the flight displays alongside Mi-8/17 and Mi-26 military transport helicopters. Russian Helicopters service section ordered special checks on helicopters participating in the Moscow and Sevastopol parades, which were undertaken by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and Kamov Design Bureau. All helicopters passed the tests and are ready to take part in the Victory Day parades – wowing spectators with their prowess in the air.

Russian Helicopters takes great pride in the history of all its companies, which today produce resilient, reliable helicopters and make such a significant contribution to defending this country and protecting its borders.

Happy Victory Day!

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