Brazil Opens Market for Russian Ka-32A11BC

Moscow/4 March 2011 – Russian Helicopters, a part of UIC Oboronprom, and Brazilian commercial helicopter operator Helipark Taxi Aereo have concluded an agreement on the delivery of a multi-role Ka-32A11BC helicopter. It is to be employed in civil operations in Brazil for the commercial transportation of cargo on an external sling.

The acquisition of a Ka-32A11BC became the company’s first step in expanding its fleet. Helipark Taxi Aereo may consider further acquisition of this Russian model. If more helicopters are purchased, Russian Helicopters and Helipark Taxi Aereo may look into creating a joint Russian-Brazilian MRO centre for Ka-32A11BC helicopters.

The delivery of the Ka-32A11BC is scheduled for 2011. Certification is underway for the type in Brazil and this process might also be completed during 2011.

The Russian multi-role Ka-32A11BC is certified various countries of North America, Asia, and Europe. Ka-32 helicopters of various modifications are currently operated in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China, and a number of other countries. In Latin America, the helicopter was employed in Chile in fire-hazardous seasons and helped in the development of industrial infrastructure in Brazil and Peru. In South Korea the fleet of Ka-32s exceeds 60 – these helicopters are top scorers in firefighting with the Forestry Service, and in the Coast Guard.

“The Ka-32A11BC demonstrated outstanding performance in tropical humidity and high temperatures characteristic of the Brazilian selva. We witnessed this when we saw a Ka-32A11BC of a Canadian company operating in Brazil. The reliability and load capacity of the Ka-32A11BC are very impressive compared to other helicopters of similar class,” Helipark Taxi Aereo President, Mr. João Velloso, said.

“We evaluate the acquisition of a Ka-32A11BC by a Brazilian company as a first step for this country. The Ka-32A11BC is capable of much more than just cargo transportation. It has demonstrated outstanding firefighting and rescue capabilities. Helicopter firefighting experts say it’s one of the best in its category,” Dmitry Petrov, CEO, Russian Helicopters said.

The ??-32?11?? was designed by the Kamov design bureau, a part of the Russian Helicopters industry holding. Mass production is based at Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise. Over 140 have been built, currently in operation in over 30 countries worldwide.

When working in the fire zone in unstable atmosphere, the coaxial rotors of the Ka-32A11BC have a number of winning advantages in stabilising the rotorcraft and offering it additional maneuverability. The number of various specialised equipment options for the ??-32?11?? numbers over 40. It includes the Bambi-Bucket and Simplex systems of various capacity, water cannons for horizontal firefighting, foldable lift and rescue cabins, and other equipment. The helicopter is also widely used as an external cargo transporter and in complex high-altitude construction.

After its delivery to Helipark Taxi Aereo by Russian Helicopters, the Ka-32A11BC will become the third Russian-made rotorcraft delivered to Brazil. Earlier, in November 2010, the Russian multi-role Mi-171A1 won the tender of Brazil state oil company Petrobras to operate in the Amazon Basin. Two Mi-171A1 helicopters will be delivered to Brazil in 2011.

Russian Mi-35M combat helicopters manufactured by Rostvertol, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, are being shipped to Brazil pursuant to a contract signed y FSUE Rosoboronexport. By this time 6 units have been delivered to the Brazilian side; according to the schedule, the final batch of Mi-35M helicopters may be delivered before end 2011.

More details on the Ka-32A11BC are available at Heli-Expo 2011, taking place 5 to 8 March in Orlando, FL. The Russian display is located at the Orange County Convention Center - North/South Building, stand 628.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is the subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. It controls the following helicopter industry enterprises: Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, Kamov, Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, Kazan Helicopters, Rostvertol, Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company named after N.I. Sazykin, Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise, Stupino Machine Production Plant, Reductor-PM , Novosibirsk Aircraft Repairing Plant and Helicopter Service Company.

Partners of Russian Helicopters: AirTaxi Service (interior completions and maintenance); R.E.T. Kronshtadt (aviation training systems, navigation and avionics); Tranzas (software, navigation systems, aviation simulators); CSTS Dinamika (technical training means for aviation flight and engineering personnel); BETA AIR (testing equipment and aviation electronics); Ural Works of Civil Aviation (repair of helicopter engines and components and reductors).

UIC Oboronprom, JSC is a multi-profile industrial and investment group established in 2002. A part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. Its main tasks include helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters managing company), engine-building (United Engine Industry Corporation managing company).

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