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.
The contracts were signed at the 8th Latin America Aero & Defence exhibition LAAD 2011, held on 12-15 April in the Brazilian Rio de Janeiro.
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