Rostvertol Helicopter factory
Mi-8/17 and Mi-26 helicopters assisting in aftermath of heavy flooding in Russia’s Far East
25.09.2013 / Russian Far East

Military Mi-8/17s and heavy-lift Mi-26 transport helicopters of the Russian Air Force are working alongside commercial Mi-8/17s and Mi-26Ts as part of the ongoing clean-up efforts following the recent widespread flooding in Russia’s Far East. The flooding was the severest in the region for a decade, covering Amur Region, the Jewish Autonomous Region and Khabarovsk Region. More than 23,000 people have been evacuated.

Two Mi-26s fr om the Central Military District have ferried in large amounts of humanitarian aid, specialized vehicles and rescue equipment, as well as food, warm clothing and medicines. The helicopters have flown more than 50 flights and made maximum use of their unique lifting capacities, transporting more than 250 tons of cargo into the stricken regions.

Another Mi-26 belonging to the Russian Defence Ministry was converted into a mobile aircraft-refueling station, making timely deliveries of more than 14,000 litres of aviation fuel that was used by other helicopters working in the flooded areas.

An Mi-26T from the Emergencies Ministry’s (EMERCOM) Far East Regional Centre helped to evacuate residents of the village of Ivanovka in the Zeisk district of Amur Region, wh ere the river Urkan flooded more than 150 homes and other buildings. The Centre activated two Mi-26Ts and seven multirole Mi-8MTVs in total.

The military Mi-26 and the commercial Mi-26T are the world’s heaviest-lift helicopter in serial production, able to carry up to 20 tons of cargo in its cabin or on an external sling. Russian Helicopters manufactures the Mi-26 and Mi-26T at Rostvertol, its production facilities in Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia. Staff from Rostvertol havze helped maintain the helicopters operating in the stricken areas in good working order. The plant’s employees have also collected funds to support residents of Amur Region affected by the natural disaster.

Mi-8/17 series helicopters are renowned around the world and are in high demand. For many years these models have been leaders in the medium-class helicopter segment. Helicopter operators in numerous countries say that they set the standard for quality, safety and reliability. Mi-8/17 multirole helicopters fly a broad range of missions around the world. More than 12,000 of these helicopters have been produced. The latest version, the Mi-171A2, was showcased in August at MAKS 2013.

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.