The Korea Forest Service has formally opened a new service and maintenance centre for Ka-32 helicopters manufactured by Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec. Representatives of Russian Helicopters took part in the opening ceremony for the centre, which will promote the use of Ka-32 helicopters in the Republic of Korea and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region and reduce waiting times for maintenance and repair of these helicopters.
“The opening of the new service centre will first of all have a positive effect on prospects for promoting Russian-built Kamov-brand helicopters in East Asia,” said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev. “This is a key region for our industry, and we want to be able to offer helicopter operators high-quality maintenance services through the whole life-cycle of our helicopters.”
The multi-role Ka-32 has been supplied to South Korea since 1993. The Korea Forest Service uses the helicopter for monitoring forests and for fire-fighting, the country’s Air Force flies it for search-and-rescue missions, while the Coast Guard deploys helicopters in patrolling its coastal waters. The Ka-32 is also used in the commercial sector for carrying cargo, construction work and other missions. In total 61 Ka-32 helicopters are operational in South Korea, and have racked up more than 100,000 flight hours between them.
The Ka-32 service and maintenance centre is located in a new multi-purpose complex that also houses the headquarters of the Korea Forest Service. The centre can service all types of Ka-32 helicopters in use in the region. Previously these functions were outsourced to Korean company LGI, one of Russian Helicopters’ key partners in the region. The LGI service centre will continue to operate.
The Korea Forest Service is currently considering expanding its fleet of Ka-32 helicopters by purchasing the latest model in the series, the Ka-32A11BC – a unique coaxial helicopter that currently operates in more than 30 countries around the world including in EU states, Republic of Korea, China, Japan, Canada and Russia. The Ka-32A11BC can be deployed for special search-and-rescue and high-rise construction operations, as well as highly complex fire-fighting missions, cargo transportation inside the cabin or on an external sling, in logging operations, to evacuate sick and wounded people, and for routine patrolling and monitoring.
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.
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