Russian Helicopters fulfils contract to supply five Ka-32A11BCs to Russia’s Emergencies Ministry ahead of schedule
21.06.2012 / Moscow

Moscow, 21 June 2012 -- Russian Helicopters, a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters and part of the Russian state defence industry holding Oboronprom, announces the early completion of its contact to supply five search-and-rescue helicopters to the Russian Emergencies Ministry (EMERCOM).

The fifth and final Ka-32A11BC was delivered to the Ministry under a contract to supply five Ka-32A11BC helicopters configured for medical operations and also ready to have fire-fighting equipment fitted. All five machines are fitted with medical modules produced by the Kamov Design Bureau and certificated in June 2012 by Russia’s health and social development service.

The Ka-32A11BCs were delivered six months ahead of the schedule agreed under the contract signed with the Ministry in 2009.

It is planned that the helicopters will be used for patrolling the main road between Moscow and St. Petersburg as part of the Ministry’s road-safety programme for Russia’s federal highways.

Russian Helicopters and the Emergencies Ministry’s Aviation Administration in 2009 signed a supply agreement under which the Company will supply helicopters to create an integrated road-safety system involving airborne search-and-rescue and medical units and helicopter-based first-aid brigades. In total, the Ministry’s Aviation Administration may acquire 62 light and 123 medium helicopters.

Experts say that the Ka-32A11BC is one of the best helicopters for search-and-rescue and fire-fighting operations anywhere in the world. On 19 June, Ka-32As and an Mi-26T belonging to the Ministry and fitted with external water discharge units were instrumental in effectively and rapidly localising and extinguishing a large fire across an area of about 1,000 sq m in northern Moscow.

Earlier this year, in April Ka-32As and Mi-26T of the Russian Emergencies Ministry put out a fire on the 66th and 67th floor of the Moscow International Business Centre (“Moscow City”). Using other fire-fighting equipment was impossible at such a height, and helicopters proved to be the only effective way of tackling the fire on the upper floors of the building.

Airborne search-and-rescue bodies and companies in countries across the world operate helicopters of the Ka-32A series for fire fighting, maintaining public order, evacuating sick and wounded people from disaster zones, law enforcement and border patrols.

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The Ка-32А11ВС is a multi-role variant of the Ка-32А. The helicopter is unique in its capability of carrying loads on an external sling and as a “flying crane” for the erection of tall structures. The coaxial rotors of the Ka-32A11BC have a number of advantages in hover accuracy and maneuverability, allowing it to perform complex installation and construction tasks. The Ka-32A11BC can be employed in a wide variety of tasks, including horizontal firefighting using a water cannon., search and rescue and medevac missions. Today the Ka-32A11BC is certificated in major regions of the world, in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. For instance, in 2011 the helicopter received type certificates in Brazil and India, while European certification was achieved in 2009 (EASA type certificate EASA.IM.R.133). In 2008 theКа-32А11ВС was certificated in China, Indonesia, and South Korea. In 2007 it received the Chilean certificate, and the Mexican one came as early as 2005. In 2006, the helicopter was awarded a supplement to the airworthiness certificate in Canada. which allowed it to carry corporate passengers (the Canadian certificate itself was issued back in 1998).TheКа-32А11ВС was designed by the Kamov design bureau, a part of the Russian Helicopters industry holding. Mass production is based at the aviation plant in Kumertau. Over 140 have been built, and about half of these is in operation in over 30 countries worldwide.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters 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 aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. Over 8000 helicopters of Soviet/Russian make are operated in 110 countries worldwide. Traditionally the demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia, and CIS countries. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2011 its IFRS revenues increased 27.8% to RUB 103.9 billion. Deliveries reached 262 helicopters.

Partners of Russian Helicopters: AirTaxi Service (interior completions and maintenance); Tranzas (software, navigation systems, aviation simulators); CSTS Dinamika (technical training means for aviation flight and engineering personnel); BETA AIR (testing equipment and aviation electronics); Ural Works of Civil Aviation (repair of helicopter engines and components, as well as gearboxes).

UIC Oboronprom, JSC is a multi-profile industrial and investment group established in 2002. It is a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. Its main tasks include: helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters, JSC) and engine-building (United Engine Industry Corporation managing company).

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