The fourth prototype of the new multirole Mi-38 helicopter has carried out a series of ground runs and completed its first flight at Russian Helicopters' (part of State Corporation Rostec) Kazan Helicopters' test flight centre.
The company may now also provide a full range of support services (technical maintenance, repairs, upgrades, etc.) and participate in joint ventures with non-Russian clients, and establish and equip service and maintenance facilities in other countries
With the KBO-17 suite, the Mi-171A2 can operate safely at any time of day or night, even in adverse weather conditions. The KBO-17 boasts a 'glass cockpit' piloting and navigation system equipped with five LCD displays.
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.