Russian Helicopters strengthens market positions in South Asia
02.12.2014 / Karachi

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase its latest helicopters at International Defence Exhibition & Seminar (IDEAS 2014) in Karachi on 1-4 December. On display in collaboration with Rosoboronexport – the company’s partner for exports of military aircraft – will be the Mi-171E and Mi-17V-5 transports, as well as the Mi-35M transport and combat helicopter.

The Mi-171E and Mi-17V-5 are designed to carry personnel and cargo, and can fly a range of missions to supply and evacuate troops. The medium multirole Mi-171E is the principal transport helicopter of the Pakistani Armed Forces. Mi-8/17-series helicopters are widely used across South Asia, and are often an indispensable means of transport and form the core of military helicopter fleets.

In October 2014 Russia completed deliveries of 63 Mi-17V-5 transport helicopters to the Afghan National Army under a Rosoboronexport contract. The Mi-17V-5 is produced by Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company, and has repeatedly demonstrated its abilities in adverse climatic conditions in Afghanistan’s mountain regions.

Earlier in 2014 another large Rosoboronexport contract was fulfilled with the delivery to China of 52 Mi-171E helicopters built by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, another Russian Helicopters company. The Mi-171E operates successfully in China, and is widely used in regions with challenging terrain and harsh climates to transport medical supplies, humanitarian aid and construction materials.

The Mi-35M transport and combat helicopter was developed from the legendary Mi-24 and uses the latest systems and technologies. It is designed to destroy enemy armoured vehicles, provide supporting firepower for ground troops, drop parachute troops, evacuate wounded personnel, and transport goods inside the cabin and on an external sling. The aircraft combines rich military operational experience with the latest developments in helicopter-building, and is in service with the armed forces of Russia, Brazil, Azerbaijan and other countries.

South Asia is one of the fastest-growing markets for helicopters worldwide. At IDEAS 2014 Russian Helicopters will present its latest models to companies from the region, and provide briefings on post-service support and maintenance for Russian-built helicopters.

IDEAS 2014 is one of the largest defence exhibitions in the region. It takes place every two years and brings together a large number of participants from around the world. The exhibition was first held in 2000.

JSC Rosboronexport, part of Rostec State Corporation, is Russia’s sole state intermediary agency responsible for import/export of the full range of defence and dual-use products, technologies and services. The company ranks among the leaders in the global arms market. It accounts for over 80% of Russian arms exports. Rosoboronexport cooperates with more than 700 enterprises and organizations of Russia’s defence industry. It maintains military-technical cooperation between Russia and more than 70 countries. In 2013 Rosoboronexport delivered weapons and equipment worth of $13.2 bln to customers. Currently Rosoboronexport’s order portfolio stands at about $38 bln.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is 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 2013 its IFRS revenues increased 10% to RUB 138.3 billion. Deliveries reached 275 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 about 700 organizations, nine of which have now been formed as holding companies of the military-industrial complex and five of them are involved in civil industries. Rostec’s organizations 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 2013 amounted to RUB 1, 04 trillion, with net profit of RUB 40 billion. The tax deductions into the treasuries at all levels exceeded RUB 138 billion.   

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