The European Rotorcraft Forum 2013 (ERF) held on 3-6 September in Moscow was one of the best in the Forum’s history organisationally and technically, and also witnessed some one of the most interesting presentations. This year’s Forum was organised by Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation.
The Forum brought Russia and the EU closer together on a number of scientific and technical initiatives in helicopter-building and work on creating new helicopters. Participants held highly professional discussions of key aspects of cooperation among international scientific circles. The Forum’s technical sessions saw more than 250 experts fr om countries including Russia, the US, France, Italy, Germany and Japan discuss fundamental and applied topics including aerodynamics, acoustics, high-tech materials, integration of on-board systems, airworthiness maintenance, operational matters and safety.
Speakers also noted the great progress that the Russian helicopter-building sector has made in recent years, particularly in developing new helicopters such as the Mi-171A2 and Ka-62, and the rapid growth in deliveries (reaching 290 in 2012) including the latest Mi-28NE Night Hunter and Ka-52 Alligator models.
The ERF’s Organising Committee praised the outcomes of the Forum. Organising Committee Chairman and Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov said: “The Forum was the perfect platform for discussing and finding solutions to issues facing the helicopter sector today, and offered a glimpse into the future of our industry. I am convinced that the forum has once again made an important contribution to broadening the horizons of international cooperation in high-tech helicopter production.”
Deputy Chairman of the Organising Committee Dmitry Podoryashy said: “The Forum was another landmark in the development of the sector and gave participants a great opportunity to discuss recent developments and trends in global helicopter technologies.”
The closing plenary session included a speech by Russia’s Industry and Trade Minister Yury Slyusar, who praised the work of the forum and drew particular attention to Russia’s recent successes in the sector: “Russian helicopter constructors are strong players on the global market. We have created unique technologies that are used in global best-selling and record-setting helicopters such as the world’s most popular model, the Mi-8/17, the world’s heaviest-life model, the Mi-26(Т), and the multirole Ka-32A11BC.”
Also warmly received was the technical visit to the National Helicopter Building Centre (NHBC) established by Russian Helicopters near Moscow. The NHBC brings together the сompany’s intellectual assets, and Forum participants from abroad were given a unique opportunity to visit one of Europe’s leading innovation clusters.
Moscow handed over responsibility for the Forum to the British city of Southampton, wh ere the next ERF in a year’s time will continue discussions of the issues raised this year in Russia.
Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of State CorporationRostec. 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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