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Russian Helicopters announces certification of commercial Ansat
28.08.2013 / Moscow

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, announces that the light multirole commercial Ansat with hydro-mechanical controls produced by Kazan Helicopters has obtained type certification from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (AR IAC).

The certificate was presented at an official ceremony at the MAKS 2013 International Aviation and Space Salon, and was attended by officials from the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry, the IAC, Russian Helicopters and Kazan Helicopters. The certificate confirms that the Ansat meets aviation regulations and can enter commercial operation.

Kazan Helicopters, the Russian Helicopters company that designed and produces the Ansat, began work on certification of the commercial hydro-mechanical version of the helicopter in 2011. Previously Kazan Helicopters produced a fly-by-wire version of the Ansat; however, no commercial fly-by-wire helicopter had obtained certification anywhere in the world, and there were no established requirements for such a helicopter. To bring the helicopter to market more quickly it was decided to adjust the Ansat programme accordingly by switching to a traditional hydro-mechanical system. The helicopter retains the same take-off weight and technical parameters with the new controls.

“We decided to bring a helicopter with a traditional control system to the global market so as to avoid being dependent on certification of the fly-by-wire Ansat,” said Kazan Helicopters CEO Vadim Ligai. “Certification of the hydro-mechanical Ansat is an important achievement for Russian industry as a whole and for the helicopter sector in particular.”

Experts say that the modernized Ansat has a number of important competitive advantages over other models in its class. It is reliable and easy to operate, can tolerate a wide range of climates and temperatures, and is suitable for outdoor storage. Russian Helicopters has already demonstrated the new Ansat in key markets including the CIS, South-East Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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Kazan Helicopters produces the Mi-8/17 series of helicopters, in use in more than 100 countries around the world. The plant produces numerous modifications of these helicopters including for transportation, passenger, search-and-rescue, amphibious transport and many other uses. The Mi-38 is being readied for production. Since 1997 Kazan Helicopters has been a certified helicopter developer. Today the light twin-engined Ansat is in serial production.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of State CorporationRostec. 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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