Kazan Helicopters staff greet Universiade 2013 Torch Relay
06.07.2013 / Kazan, Russia

Kazan Helicopters employees were present on the opening day of the 27th Summer Universiade to welcome the torch relay on the streets of Kazan.

The Torch Relay started on 12 June in France with the ceremonial lighting of the Flame at the Sorbonne, which hosted the first-ever World University Games in 1923. On 6 July, having passed through five continents, 51 cities globally, 30 Russian cities and 44 districts and district centres in Tatarstan, the Universiade Flame arrived in Kazan. The final stage of the Torch Relay in Kazan covered 15,000 metres. The torchbearers started from the Universiade Village and brought the flame through the city’s central streets and squares. The Relay culminated with the ceremonial lighting of the cauldron at the Kazan Arena, the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games.

In all 55 Kazan residents had the honour of carrying the torch, including outstanding students, famous sportsmen and women, volunteers, representatives of the city administration and partner companies of the Universiade. Approximately 25,000 city residents, including more than 2,000 employees of Kazan Helicopters, came out onto the city’s streets to welcome the torchbearers and cheer them on before the start of the Universiade.

Russian Helicopters supports the 2013 Universiade in several key projects through Kazan Helicopters. Helicopters built in Kazan played a role in preparations for Kazan’s application to host the event: for the general presentation, book and film about Kazan, the city was filmed over a number of hours form Mi-8MTB and Ansat helicopters manufactured by Kazan Helicopters. Kazan’s application received 20 of 27 votes from the executive committee of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). On 31 May 2008 it was announced in Brussels that Universiade 2013 would be held in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan.

Russian Helicopters is also heavily involved in providing security at Universiade 2013. Mi-8MTB and Ansat helicopters will be on duty at the event. Two Mi-8MTBs belonging to the Emergencies Ministry airborne brigade will be used to provide comprehensive security. One is equipped with two medical modules that can transport four injured people and two doctors to the Republican Clinical Hospital, while the second helicopter, fitted with 3-ton capacity Bambi buckets, will patrol sports sites along the Kazanka River. The helicopter is also fitted with an HAP-300 winch, and can fly both fire-fighting and rescue missions.

An Ansat light helicopter manufactured in Kazan, at the disposal of the Special Airdrome Brigade of the Tatarstan Interior Ministry, will also be used to maintain law and order at Universiade 2013. The Ansat provides a winning combination of speed – 240kmh, engine reliability and versatility for training flights.

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The XXVII Summer Universiade will be the world’s largest sporting event for students and young people in 2013. It will take place in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. More than 350 champions will be crowned across 27 sports. For the first time the Universiade is also hosting a Cultural Universiade to coincide with Sabantui, Tatarstan’s largest national festival and the most important national festival for the Tatar people. International festivals and other cultural and arts events will include theatre, cinema, classical and contemporary music, ballet, visual arts, national dance, singing and artisan crafts.

Kazan Helicopters produces the Mi-8/17 series of helicopters, in use in more than 100 countries around the world. The plant produces numerous modifications of these helicopters including for transportation, passenger, search-and-rescue, amphibious transport and many other uses. The Mi-38 is being readied for production. Since 1997 Kazan Helicopters has been a certified helicopter developer. Today the light twin-engined Ansat is in serial production.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of State Corporation Rostec. 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 2012 its IFRS revenues increased 21% to RUB 125,7billion. Deliveries reached 290 helicopters.

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).

Rostekhnologii State Corporation (Rostec) is a Russian corporation established in 2007 in order to facilitate the development, manufacturing and export of high-technology industrial products of military and civil purposes. Today it comprises over 663 companies, which form 8 military-industrial and 5 civil industry holdings. Rostec’s subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of Russia and supply their products to over 70 countries worldwide. In 2012 revenues of the Corporation amounted to RUB 931 billion, net profits were RUB 38.5 billion and total taxation exceeded RUB 109 billion. 

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