Russian Helicopters To Display New Military Equipment at Africa Aerospace and Defense-2016
14.09.2016 / Moscow

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will participate in the international aerospace exhibition - Africa Aerospace and Defense in Pretoria, South Africa, September 14 -18 2016.

Experts from Russian Helicopters will be present at the upcoming Africa Aerospace and Defense exhibition together with colleagues from Rosoboronexport and will talk about unique capabilities of the Russian attack helicopter Mi- 28NE and transport-combat helicopter Mi- 35M. In addition, representatives from Russian Helicopters will take part in an extensive program of business events. The company’s delegation will meet with their partners from African countries at forums and round tables.

"Traditionally, we have a strong position in the African helicopter market, and we view South Africa as an important region for the promotion of our products. During the upcoming exhibition, we will present current and future models of our military helicopters. I hope that in the future the region's helicopter fleet will be replenished with these machines as well," - said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev. 

The Mi-28NE is an export version of the Mi-28N “Night Hunter” modern attack helicopter designed to carry out search and destroy operations against tanks, armoured and un-armoured vehicles, enemy personnel, as well as low-speed airborne targets. It can operate during night and day, as well as in adverse weather conditions. Russian Helicopters is engaged in ongoing work to advance and improve the flight capabilities of the Mi-28NE “Night Hunter” helicopter. A special Mi-28NE “Night Hunter” helicopter model was developed for pilot training, boasting a dual control system for use training Mi-28NE pilots while retaining the helicopter’s full attack capabilities. 

The multirole Mi-35M attack helicopter can be operated at high temperatures and in mountainous terrain. The Mi-35M’s design ensures low noise levels, greater combat resilience, and reduces the workload on maintenance staff. For round-the-clock combat use, the Mi-35M is equipped with the latest navigation and avionics suite with multifunction coloured displays, target sights system that includes a thermal imager and TV channels, laser range finder and location finder.

Experts from Russian Helicopters will also present a series of multi-purpose Mi-8/17 helicopters for members of the region’s official delegations and law enforcement agencies.  The helicopters of this series that are offered to African customers are intended primarily for use in civil aviation – transporting goods and passengers (including VIP-persons). The high performance characteristics, reliability, ability to be utilized in a wide range of temperatures and conditions, as well as its ease of operation and maintenance make Russian-made helicopters some of the best for the African market. 

The long history of the use of Mi- 8/17 helicopters in the harsh climatic conditions of Africa confirms that they are indispensable for the African market and that they can perform a wide range of tasks. For example, Russian- made rotorcraft is widely used by the United Nations to provide humanitarian aid, for peacekeeping missions and saving lives during emergency situations. 

African countries are typically among the largest operators of Russian-produced helicopters in the world. The total fleet of Russian-made helicopters in the continent is more than 700 units. In addition, South Africa hosts a service center for maintenance of the Mi- 8/17 civilian helicopters at Denel Aviation and is currently working out ways to service Russian-made helicopters operated in neighboring countries.

Russian Helicopters(part of State Corporation Rostec), is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters was founded in 2007 and 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. In 2015 its IFRS revenues increased 29,5% to RUB 220,0 billion. Deliveries reached 212 helicopters. 

State Corporation Rostec is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 for the purpose of promoting the development, production and export of hi-tech civilian and military industry products. It comprises 700 organisations, nine of which have now been formed as holding companies of the military-industrial complex, five of them are involved in civil industries and 22 are directly controlled. Rostec’s portfolio includes recognised brands such as Avtovaz, Kamaz, Russian Helicopters, and VSMPO-AVISMA. Rostec’s organisations are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply their products to the markets of more than 70 countries. The revenue of Rostec in 2014 amounted to RUB 964.5 billion. The tax deductions into the treasuries at all levels exceeded RUB 147.8 billion.

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