Russian Helicopters Boosts Transport Infrastructure in Russia's Far East

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will deliver two medium multirole Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters to the regional government of Sakhalin Oblast in the first quarter of 2015. The Mi-8MTV-1 will expand flight coverage of the region, and significantly increases the range of air ambulances in Sakhalin.

The helicopters will operate regional cargo transportation missions, especially in remote areas such as the Kuril Islands and northern Sakhalin. They will also be used for medevac and search and rescue missions, and to protect forests and fisheries. In emergencies, the helicopters can be used both for medevac missions and to deliver medical staff, supplies, aid and food to people in affected areas.

“The Russian government has made the development of the Russia’s Far East a clear priority. Our parent company Rostec is working on numerous long-term investment projects in the Far East, and we are ready and willing to make our contribution to building a modern transport infrastructure in the region,” said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev. “Aviation plays a significant role in supporting the day-to-day lives of people on Sakhalin island, with its special climate and topography. In these conditions, helicopters are the only viable form of air transport capable of providing timely passenger and cargo transport service in remote regions.”

The Mi-8MTV-1s will be built by Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company, and will be fitted with satellite-navigation and ground proximity warning systems, with additional options including emergency ditching systems for flights over water. The helicopters come with spotlights for search and rescue operations. On-board equipment on one of the Mi-MTV-1 helicopters will also include an emergency radio compass, on-board winch system, tip-up seats, and units for fitting a medical module.

The upgraded Mi-8MTV-1 boasts an ever-expanding range of uses and can fly increasingly complex missions. The helicopter is reliable and easy to pilot, and has saved many lives and assisted in numerous disaster relief operations. Mi-8/17 series helicopters including the Mi-8MTV-1 enjoy a global reputation and are continually in demand from operators worldwide for their high quality, safety and reliability. More than 12,000 Mi-8/17 type helicopters have been produced and supplied to over 100 countries worldwide, and are widely used within Russia, as well as in the CIS, Middle East, South and South-East Asia, Africa, Europe, and South and Central America.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of State Corporation Rostec. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. Over 8000 helicopters of Soviet/Russian make are operated in 110 countries worldwide. Traditionally the demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia, and CIS countries. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2012 its IFRS revenues increased 21% to RUB 125,7billion. Deliveries reached 290 helicopters.

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

Rostekhnologii State Corporation (Rostec) is a Russian corporation established in 2007 in order to facilitate the development, manufacturing and export of high-technology industrial products of military and civil purposes. Today it comprises over 663 companies, which form 8 military-industrial and 5 civil industry holdings. Rostec’s subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of Russia and supply their products to over 70 countries worldwide. In 2012 revenues of the Corporation amounted to RUB 931 billion, net profits were RUB 38.5 billion and total taxation exceeded RUB 109 billion.

 

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