Russian Helicopters to supply first fire-fighting Ka-32A11BC to Belarus
22.10.2013 / Moscow

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, has signed a contract with the Minsk department of the Belarus Emergencies Ministry to supply a Ka-32A11BC helicopter fitted with a horizontal fire-fighting system. The helicopter is planned to be used to combat blazes in high-rise buildings in Minsk.

The specialist Ka-32A11BC fitted with water cannon will be the first of its kind to be delivered to Belarus. Delivery under the contract is expected in 2014.

Minsk is building high-rise towers as part of its city development programme. The Parus apartment block and Royal Plaza administrative complex rise more than 130m, while the Gazprom tower and Minsk Tower complex reach more than 150m. Extinguishing fires in high-rise buildings is impossible without specialised equipment, and the most effective way to tackle blazes in skyscrapers is by using fire-fighting helicopters.

Experts say that the Ka-32A11BC is one of the best rescue and fire-fighting helicopters around. The EASA certified the Ka-32A11BC in 2009, and the helicopter meets FAR29 and AP-29 standards.

The Ka-32A11BC is a medium multirole coaxial helicopter that can be deployed to fly search-and-rescue missions and assist in construction work, as well as complex tasks such as fire-fighting, cargo-carrying inside the fuselage or on an external sling, logging, evacuation of sick and wounded persons, as well as routine patrolling and special-forces operations.

The helicopter is ideally suited to saving human life in fire-fighting situations in high-rise buildings. The fire-fighting Ka-32A11BC comes with more than 40 options for specialist equipment. The helicopter has for many years been successfully deployed to combat fires around the world, including in Russia, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, China, Austria, South Korea and Indonesia.

The Ka-32A11BC’s coaxial rotors mean it is able to hover in turbulent air conditions at close range to a conflagration and effectively tackle fires on the top floors of high-rise buildings and skyscrapers.

In early 2013 the Ka-32A11BC was chosen as the symbol of the Global Helicopter Firefighting Initiative (GHFI). In summer of this year the helicopter was involved in fire-fighting efforts on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

The Ka-32A11BC was developed by the Kamov Design Bureau and is in serial production at the Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise, both of which are Russian Helicopters companies.

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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