Mil Cup helicopter race gets underway in Moscow region
04.09.2012 / Moscow

The Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant Cup got underway at 10:30am this morning when a procession of helicopters rose into the sky over the runway of the National Helicopter-Building Centre in Tomilino near Moscow.

Seven crews started the competition, which is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Russia’s Air Forces, the 65th anniversary of the Mil plant and the opening of the ninth Gidroaviasalon international exhibition.

During a short briefing before the start pilots were given their flight tasks, familiarised with the route and given necessary instruction.

Over four days, helicopters of various makes – Mi, Robinson, Bell and Gazelle -- will navigate a course totalling 1,400km, with stopovers in Voronezh, Rostov on Don and Krasnodar on September 4-6. The route finishes in Gelendzhik, the location for Gidroaviasalon-2012, during which the winners will be crowned.

The organisers of the competition – Russian Helicopters, the Helicopter Industry Association and JSC Russian Helicopter Systems – and sponsors the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and Oboronprom believe that the event will increase the prestige of the aviation profession among young people and help to popularise helicopter sport.

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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).

Russian Technologies State Corporation was established in November 2007 to support Russian industry in developing, producing and exporting high-tech industrial products. The Corporation includes 22 directly managed companies and 17 holdings, of which 12 are in the defence sector and five in civil industry. In total Russian Technologies comprises 592 companies. The Corporation has its headquarters in Moscow, and has a presence in 60 of Russia’s regions. It exports its products to 70 countries.

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