In total, 16 machines of the Russian and foreign manufacturers were presented at the exhibition, including: Gazelle SA341, Robinson R-22, R-66 and two R-44, AgustaWestland’s AW119 Koala and AW-139, Eurocopter EC-130 T2 and EC-145, ??-226?, MD-520, Bell-429, Ansat, Aviaproject AP-55, Mi-2 - MSB-2 upgraded by the Ukrainian plant Motor Sich and a military transportation Mi-35M.
In the official opening ceremony of the exhibition that was held on May 16, 2013 in the Pavilion 1 of IEC Crocus Expo took part:
- Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of the RF Government;
- Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation;
- Sergey Chemezov, General Director of PC Rostechnologies;
- Vyacheslav Shtyrov, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the RF;
- Anatoly Punchuk, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation;
- Dmitry Lelikov, General Director of UIC Oboronprom OJSC;
- Dmitry Petrov, General Director of Russian Helicopters JSC;
- Mikhail Kazachkov, Chairman of the Board of the Association of Helicopter Industry
and other officials.
The participants, organizers and guests of the exhibition were addressed by the telegram from Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation.
Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister, who has participated in the opening of the exhibition for years, stated that "HeliRussia establishes the competence of our country. Russia needs not only competition but cooperation as well. Look, enjoy, admire. Nothing more elegant than a modern helicopter has been invented by the human thought”.
According to Dmitry Rogozin, Russia has become the "strongest helicopter power in the world”. Deputy Prime Minister noted that in the recent years the country managed not only to recover its competence but significantly strengthened it. Also, as Dmitry Rogozin said, the Russian legislation on the use of helicopters in large cities requires further liberalization because "this is the only transportation option for the police, ambulance and other rescue and operational services to any point of the city”. Therefore, according to the Deputy Prime Minister, it is necessary to intensify the construction of additional helicopter landing sites.
Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, noted that the number of participants was increasing every year.
When welcoming the participants and guests of the exhibition, the head of Russia's Ministry of Industry and Trade said, "We are witnessing the creation of new projects. This is a joint project with AgustaWestland. Not only in relation to helicopters which today have already been constructed and presented here. Right now the work is underway on a new helicopter in the category of 2.5 tons. I hope that in 2016 the helicopter will be certified and the first shipments to customers will be performed. We are witnessing the second birth of a helicopter Ka-62 created in the late 1980's-early 90's. Today, it is a completely different, completely new machine of the international cooperation with a modern, entirely new engine. I believe that these international connections of the Russian helicopter industry will keep growing".
Sergey Chemezov noted the increased share of Russian helicopters in the world market. "Consolidating of helicopter construction assets within Russian Helicopters Holding has proved its worthiness,” said the head of Rostechnologies at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, “The Russian helicopter equipment remains consistently in high demand. Over the past five years, the export volume has increased by more than a third, and the production has almost quadrupled. Russian Helicopters takes a tenth of the civil and a fifth of the military segments of the world market. Today, it is a dynamic international company that manufactures new products".
The plant is planned to assemble up to 15 AW139s per year.
HeliVert is intended to set up and run a final assembly line plant for the civil AW139 medium twin helicopter in Russia.