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КRET and Russian Helicopters signed a general agreement on cooperation in the development, delivery and maintenance of airborne avionics
27.08.2013 / Moscow

At the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2013, the Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (КRET) OJSC, part of the State Corporation Rostec, and Russian Helicopters OJSC (subsidiary of Oboronprom) signed a general agreement on cooperation in the development, delivery and after-sales service of helicopters to meet the highest international standards and ensure competitiveness in the international market.

General agreement between КRET and Russian Helicopters sets out the main areas of cooperation, which includes the harmonization of technical specifications for the development of airborne avionics for helicopters, development and testing of its prototypes, certification, production, serial delivery, service equipment and after-sales service.

“КRET is Russia's largest developer and manufacturer of airborne avionics for helicopters,” said Nikolay Kolesov, CEO of КRET. “Russian Helicopters, within the framework of the proposed “one window” system, will provide a comprehensive solution that delivers full life-cycle maintenance of avionics – from conceptual design to after-sales service.”

Partnership with КRET, as a developer and provider of integrated airborne avionics solutions, will allow Russian Helicopters to reduce the financial, managerial and time expenditures for the development, testing and serial delivery of airborne avionics, improve quality control and delivery schedules, and provide skilled, prompt repair and maintenance of complex systems and airborne avionics systems. In addition, the result of our joint work should lead to a coordinated strategy of the parties, both in terms of volumes of mass production, and in terms of research and development work.

“The new partnership with КRET is part of the continuation of our policy of ensuring a stable supply of the holding with components and systems,” said Dmitry Petrov, CEO of Russian Helicopters. “Equipping helicopters with the latest airborne avionics complexes and their support throughout their life cycle, will strengthen our competitive advantage in the global helicopter market, as well as support the high reliability of Russian helicopters.”

Under the terms of this agreement, the companies will form a working group that will include authorized representative of both parties. This group will formulate specific objectives, work on the development of activities and supervise their implementation.

КRET aims to synchronize its offer with the latest industry trends. A specially created structure of Russian Helicopters takes care of comprehensive supply of equipment and components for helicopters – the Procurement and Logistics Center for the Helicopter Industry. Taking advantage of the synergies of Rostec, Russian Helicopters and КRET, these companies will develop tight integration in the areas of development, production, delivery and maintenance of airborne avionics for today's civil and military helicopters.

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Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (КRET) is Russia's largest instrument engineering center for defense and civilian industries. It was established in 2009, and is part of the State Corporation Rostec. The company is engaged in the development and production of electronic warfare (EW), airborne avionics (electronic systems for aircraft), Identification Friend or Foe systems (IFF), measuring equipment for various purposes (ME), electrical connectors and cable systems, various household appliances, and medical devices. The concern includes 97 organizations, located in 28 regions of the Russian Federation. The number of employees exceeds 60,000 people. Products of the holding are supplied to 60 countries.

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, OJSC is a multi-profile machine-building group established in 2002. It is a part of the state corporation Rostec. The main areas of activity are helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters, JSC) and engine technology (MC United Engine Corporation, OJSC).

State Corporation Russian Technologies (Rostec) is a Russian corporation, established in 2007 to promote development, production and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military purposes. It includes 663 organizations, which currently form 8 holding companies in the defense-industrial sector and 5 holding companies in civilian industries. The organizations of Rostec are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and deliver products to the markets of more than 70 countries. In 2012, the revenues of Rostec amounted to 931 billion rubles, with net profit amounting to 38.5 billion rubles. Tax payments to state budgets of all levels exceeded 109 billion rubles. 

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