Kazan Helicopters Helicopter factory

Kazan Helicopter Plant began life on September 4, 1940, when a decree of the People’s Commissariat of the Aviation Industry established the Leningrad Aircraft Plant #387. The plant was later evacuated to Kazan where it was joined with a parts factory.

During World War II the plant manufactured about 10,500 Po-2 Light Brigade biplanes for the Soviet army. Every tenth military aircraft produced in the Soviet Union during the war came from this plant. The plant’s rich history mirrors the story of a great country: actively engaged in post-war reconstruction of the economy, the plant produced more than 9,000 of the country’s first self-propelled C-4 combines between 1947 and 1951.

In 1951, the Kazan Helicopter Plant began producing the Mi-1 helicopter, the first rotary-wing machine in mass production in the Soviet Union. The factory produced the country’s first helicopter for export (Mi-4), and the most popular of all the Mi family of helicopters, the Mi-8. Production gained pace, and the plant launched production of the amphibious Mi-14 helicopter, which is widely used in naval aviation. The achievements of the plant’s personnel were awarded the Order of the October Revolution in 1970 and the Gold Mercury Award in 1980.

Despite the difficult operating environment in the 1990s, the plant was transformed into a public company and acquired the right to enter the international market, which allowed it to re-start production, introduce new materials processing technologies and assemble complex accessories. In 2007, Kazan Helicopter Plant became part of Russian Helicopters.