16-Jun-2013 Source: Russian Helicopters
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, will bring an exciting line up of commercial and military helicopters to the 50th Paris Air Show – Le Bourget 2013, including the latest Ka-62 and Mi-171A2 for the commercial market. In collaboration with Rosoboronexport, the Company plans the first international demonstration of the latest Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance and attack helicopter at the show, which runs from June 17-23. The Russian Helicopters display can be found in hall 2a at Stand C198.
Russian-built helicopters operate in a hundred countries around the world and are known for their reliability and safety. At Le Bourget, Russian Helicopters will showcase well-known models alongside the latest developments that the Company is readying for serial production to expand its model line-up in the near future. The Russian Helicopters stand will feature a full-size model of the new multirole Ka-62. The first flight model will make its debut at this summer’s MAKS show in Moscow.
The Ka-62 is a unique example of Russian Helicopters working in collaboration with global partners, which are currently working on components and parts for the new helicopter. The Ka-62 is fitted with two of Turbomeca’s latest Ardiden 3G engines, while the gearbox and transmission are supplied by Austria’s Zoerkler. Certification of the Ka-62 is planned for completion by the end of 2014, and the helicopter is scheduled for commercial launch in 2015. The first orders have been placed by Brazilian company Atlas Táxi Aéreo.
The medium Mi-8/17 series is the world’s most popular helicopter, widely operated around the world with a justified reputation for reliability and ease of use. The new updated Mi-171A2 combines the best qualities of its predecessors with the latest technologies, introduced based on these helicopters’ operational experience across various regions and in different climactic conditions. Completion of work on the Mi-171A2 and certification are expected in 2014, with serial production scheduled to launch in 2015.
European operators and their colleagues around the world have had the opportunity to appreciate the advantages of another of the Company’s calling cards – the multirole coaxial Ka-32A11BC. The Ka-32A11BC is built to FAR29 and AP 29 standards and holds type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The Ka-32A11BC can fly a range of missions and is most successful in fire-fighting, search-and-rescue and for complex construction operations. In April it demonstrated its abilities at the Aerial Firefighting Europe conference in France, receiving top marks from experts in the field.
Russian military helicopters are used around the world and are highly prized not only for their reliability but also for their high specifications and operational efficiency. At the Paris Air Show, Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport plan to show the military transport version of the Mi-8/17, one of the most popular helicopters in its class. The Mi-8/17 has been built based on a 360-degree analysis of how Russian helicopters are used in military engagements in various global hot-spots.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the Mi-28NE Night Hunter, a day-night, all-weather helicopter that can fly search-and-destroy missions against tanks, armoured and non-armoured targets, and also enemy troops on the battlefield and low-speed aerial targets.
The new Ka-52 Alligator will be demonstrated for the first time at an international exhibition. The Ka-52 is an all-weather, round-the-clock military attack helicopter produced for the Russian Armed Forces and which Rosoboronexport offers for sale to foreign partners.
The Ka-52 Alligator will be showcased on 17 June at the Le Bourget conference centre in hall 2, pavilion 2C. The programme starts at 12 noon. The Ka-52 Alligator will be on static display and will also complete flight demonstrations to highlight the benefits of its coaxial rotor system and the unique capabilities of helicopters built by the Kamov Design Bureau.
In Paris visitors will also have the opportunity to see other Russian-built commercial models available to the international market in the light, medium and heavy classes, including the Ka-226T, Mi-17, Mi-35M and Mi-26T2.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, the Paris Air Show – Le Bourget 2013 is one of the most important events in the calendar for the aerospace sector and often is the stage for major aircraft debuts. For many years now the air show brings together leading global producers of space and defence technology, aircraft and aircraft components and equipment, commercial and military helicopters and airport equipment.