The Mi-8AMTSh has been upgraded with a focus on operational efficiency and ease of maintenance. The new helicopter now has a time between overhaul of 2,000 hours (up from 1,500 previously) and a service life of 35 years.
UUAP traces its history back to 1939, with the creation in Ulan-Ude of Aircraft Repair Plant No. 99, where I-16 fighters and SB bombers were repaired. During the Second World War, the factory produced various models of fighter planes.
The core goal of the Helicopter Avionics Integration Centre (HAIC) will be to develop and upgrade integrated on-board avionics for military, special-purpose and commercial helicopters built by Russian Helicopters.
It will be the title sponsor of the seventh HeliRussia exhibition, which takes place on 22-24 May in Pavilion 1 of Crocus-Expo exhibition centre in Moscow. The first day of the show has been declared Russian Helicopters Day.
Artyakov, who is also first deputy CEO of Rostec, has served as Chairman of the Board of Russian Helicopters since July 2013. Oboronprom CEO Dmitry Lelikov was re-elected as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors
The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, a Russian Helicopters company, is launching a programme to re-tool and upgrade its production facilities. The first stage involves modernising and expanding production of protective coatings.