Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant Establishes Specialist Aviation Technical College in Ulan-Ude

Moscow / 27 May 2014

Under the cooperation agreement concluded between Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec) and the government of the Russian Republic of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (a Russian Helicopters company) is implementing an investment project to kit out the Aviation Technical College, formerly part of Ulan-Ude Engineering Teaching College, with the latest laboratory equipment. The Aviation Technical College was spun off from Ulan-Ude Engineering Teaching College in early 2014 under an Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant initiative. The educational institution will train sector specialists, technicians and design technicians who may go on to work with the company.

“Russian Helicopters is continuing to modernise production capacity, boosting efficiency across all its companies and improving product quality. The modernisation programmes currently being implemented must undoubtedly be accompanied by efforts to attract highly qualified staff, which in turn requires investment in improving facilities, educational approaches used in specialised educational institutions in regions where we have a presence,” said Russian Helicopters HR and Development Director Evgeny Kuzmenkov.

“One of our key tasks today is attracting young people to work in the helicopter industry and investing in the professional education on offer to young specialists,” said Leonid Belykh Managing Director at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. “Recent years have seen great strides in production technology. Modernisation at the plant is well underway, and the latest machinery is used in helicopter production. It is imperative that young specialists know how to work with these tools. That is why it is vital that they have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with this modern equipment during their studies, so that when they graduate they can enter the workplace with relevant knowledge and go on to further hone their professional skills.”

Implementing the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant’s project to improve facilities at the technical college will help significantly improve students’ understanding of their specialism, thereby cutting the time it takes them to adapt to the workplace after graduation. The technical college’s best students will not only gain an opportunity to work at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, they will also stand a better chance of continuing their engineering graduate studies at East Siberia State University of Technology and Management, under an agreement signed with the Aviation Technical College.

An agreement between Buryatia’s government and Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant about this investment in retooling, and major repairs and renovation work to the Aviation Technical College’s building is currently being drawn up. It is anticipated that Russian Helicopters will invest 50 million roubles in the project, and that Buryatia will match that sum.

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, is a Russian Helicopters company. In the 70 years of its existence, it has produced over 8,000 units. Today the plant specialises in producing the Mi-8AMT (Mi-171 – export variant) multirole helicopter and the Mi-8AMTSh (Mi-171Sh – export variant), and is also involved in developing and preparing for series production on the latest Mi-171A2 medium helicopter.

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 2013 its IFRS revenues increased 10% to RUB 138.3 billion. Deliveries reached 275 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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