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Russian F1 driver Vitaly Petrov visits capital of Buryatia
24.08.2012 / Ulan-Ude

Russian Helicopters, a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters and sponsor of the Caterham F1 Team, this week brought Caterham driver Vitaly Petrov to Ulan-Ude as part of its campaign to popularise high-tech sports. The driver, who brought his racing machine with him to the Buryat capital, was welcomed as an honoured guest.

Petrov visited the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, where he tried his hand at one of the operations involved in helicopter assembly. Helicopter technology is similar to that used in F1 car construction, and Vitaly has always found it fascinating.

Workers at the plant asked about what Formula 1 drivers have in common with helicopter pilots and about Vitaly's personal secrets to success – and especially whether it is down more to financial investment, skill or sheer good fortune.

“Talent will go to waste without dedication and hard work. I have always worked hard and trained hard,” Vitaly Petrov said.

Everyone at the event agreed that helicopters and F1 cars use leading-edge technologies in their construction, and that both are designed, used and maintained by people who love everything high-tech.

Vitaly Petrov took the wheel of one of the Plant’s electric buggies for an impromptu drive-around, before going to meet with Buryatia’s top racing drivers and young go-karters.

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Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, JSC is a Russian Helicopters company. Its large production capacity and the latest modern technologies mean it can swiftly launch production of new aircraft types and combine prototype development with mass production. The plant has built more than 8,000 aircraft in its 70-year history. Today the plant focuses on the production of Mi-171 and Mi-171Sh helicopters.

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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