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Russian Helicopters delivers Mi-8MTV-5-1s to Russian Defence Ministry
10.10.2014 / Kazan

Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec), has delivered a consignment of Mi-8MTV-5-1 military transport helicopters built at Kazan Helicopters to Russia’s Defence Ministry.

The helicopters were delivered as part of the Defence Ministry’s Single Acceptance Day for deliveries of military products, held as a videoconference between the ministry’s National Defence Management Centre and six military enterprises across the country. All of the equipment was formally accepted by Defence Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu.

“Fulfilment of the state defence order is a key strategic priority for us, as it is directly responsible for supporting the country’s defence capabilities,” said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev. “Today we are carrying out an extensive upgrade programme at our enterprises to boost their growth and efficiency, labour productivity and the quality of the military and commercial products that we manufacture.”

“In 2014 as part of the state defence order we have supplied Russia’s Armed Forces with three Mi-8MTV-5-1s, and plan further deliveries of one Mi-8MTV-2, an additional 17 Mi-8MTV-5-1s and six Ansat-Us built at Kazan Helicopters,” Alexander Mikheev said.

The Mi-8MTV-5-1s delivered to the Defence Ministry underwent extensive testing and were accepted by the 639th Military Representation before being transferred to their duty station. During pre-acceptance testing and acceptance procedures the Military Representation conducted QA tests of build quality and component manufacturing and assembly quality. The finished helicopters in their required specifications were inspected in the final assembly workshop to check the installation and operating capacity of on-board systems, as well as emergency crew support systems. Tests were also conducted at a flight testing facility. All work was carried out in accordance with production schedules, in collaboration with the Defence Ministry.

The Mi-8MTV-5-1 is supplied to Russia’s military and law-enforcement agencies, and is designed to transport up to 4,000 kg of cargo and equipment. The helicopter can also fly search-and-rescue missions and carry out a number of specialised tasks. The cockpit includes lighting systems specially adapted to allow the use of night-vision goggles, enabling the helicopter to fly in hours of darkness at low and extremely low altitudes, and to land on and take off from unprepared sites. Over many years of operation the Mi-8MTV-5 (export name Mi-17V-5) has demonstrated its ability to successfully fly missions in any climatic conditions, and is justifiably known as one of the finest helicopters in its class anywhere in the world.

The Defence Ministry is the largest client for Russian-built helicopters. Today Russian Helicopters delivers its full line-up of military helicopters to the ministry in strict compliance with approved schedules – the light Ka-226 and Ansat-U training model, Mi-8/17 series transport models, the multi-role combat Mi-35M, the combat Mi-28N Night Hunter (including the dual-control version) and Ka-52 Alligator, as well as the heavy Mi-26 transport helicopter and helicopters for the Navy.

Kazan Helicopters produces Mi-8/17 series helicopters that are operated in over 100 countries worldwide. A wide range of configurations are produced: transport, passenger, search and rescue, landing and transport, among many others. Preparations are underway to launch production of the Mi-38 passenger transport helicopter. Since 1997, Kazan Helicopters has been certified to develop helicopter technology: today the light twin-engine Ansat helicopter is in series 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 2013 its IFRS revenues increased 10% to RUB 138.3 billion. Deliveries reached 275 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).

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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