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Russian Helicopters Plan to Use a New Intelligent System for Flight Safety and Difficult Manoeuvres at Low Altitude, Day or Night, in Any Weather
27.06.2012 / Moscow

Moscow / 27 June 2012 – Russian Helicopters, part of the Russian state defence industry holding Oboronprom, a subsidiary of Russian Technologies Corporation, and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, are pleased to announce at the second international Engineering Technologies – 2012 forum that a comprehensive avionics system for monitoring flight conditions, autopilot landing and collision avoidance will be installed on all new Russian-made helicopters starting in 2015. This innovative development will improve a modern helicopter crew’s situation awareness, transmitting to the cockpit information about the aircraft’s position and environment as well as providing the pilot with images of the topography of the surrounding environment, including during manoeuvres at low altitudes in difficult weather conditions at any time of day.

According to the plans of Russian Helicopters, such an avionics suite can be built based on existing and newly developed systems. Its various configurations will provide the crew with highly accurate local positioning and also allow the helicopter to automatically hover above a given point and land automatically.

Today issues concerning the improvement of the pilot’s situation awareness present an interesting engineering and technical task for all helicopter producers, including Russian Helicopters. The new intelligent system will inform pilots about hazards in the landing zone and issue warnings about dangerous proximity to artificial and natural hazards, including power lines. The helicopter, constantly updating and refining cartographical information, could automatically select an unprepared landing site, for example, in the case of an emergency situation.

The second international Engineering Technologies – 2012 forum has opened today in the Moscow Region town of Zhukovsky. The exhibit at Stand F3/1-6/A (Pavilion F3) has been organized by Russian Helicopters, part of the Russian state defence industry holding Oboronprom and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, including a number of the most renowned, innovative and widely used models.

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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