First Air Force Military Training Centre students complete training on Ansat-U

First Air Force Military Training Centre students complete training on Ansat-U 30 Sep, 14, Source: Russian Helicopters

The first group of third-year students at the Syzran campus of the Zhukovsky and Gagarin Air Force Academy’s Military Training Centre have completed training on new Ansat-U helicopters designed and built at Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec). Previously Ansat-U helicopters were undergoing operation testing, and students were trained on Mi-2 helicopters.

Training on the Ansat-U was completed by 29 students, who next year will receive training on the Mi-8/17 series and Mi-24 helicopters.

The students made their debut flights at various heights and speeds and completed hovering exercises on an Ansat-U on 19 May under the guidance of experienced flight instructors who had mastered the aircraft during testing operations. Each student had to complete a minimum of 45 hours of training on the helicopter; on average the students made 130 flights each, and racked up 47 hours of flight time. In total, the group completed 1,390 hours of flying time.

On completion of the course a Kazan Helicopters delegation held a working meeting with squadron members who achieved outstanding results on the Ansat-U. During the meeting Air Force Lt. Col. Sergei Spiridonov, commander of the Aviation Training Group, gave a glowing review of the helicopter.

“The Ansat-U is a manoeuvrable and fast helicopter and one that is easy to pilot. Sensitive controls and an intuitive electronic display helped our students to master the aircraft in a short period of time and complete their flight training with flying colours”, said Sergei Spiridonov. “In November we expect delivery of another six Ansat-U helicopters to the Air Force training centre. Next year 57 students are expected to complete training on the Ansat-U helicopter, and about 300 students in 2016.”

“The Ansat with fly-by-wire controls is a model that is somewhat ahead of its time, and we faced challenges in applying this innovative technology to a commercial helicopter. To date no commercial helicopter with fly-by-wire controls had received certification anywhere in the world, so there was no precedent for its core requirements,” said Vadim Ligai, General Director of Kazan Helicopters and Deputy CEO of Russian Helicopters. “However, we worked closely with the Russian Defence Ministry and the flight corps of the Air Force, and both test-mode and regular operations of the Ansat-U have made a significant contribution to developing new technologies and to improving the fly-by-wire control system.”

The Ansat-U is a light helicopter designed for early-stage pilot training as well as training flight instructor staff. The helicopter has been developed by Kazan Helicopters with a classical single main rotor and tail rotor, and two turboshaft engines. The helicopter boasts a distinctive design including a hingeless fibreglass rotor head with elastic springs, torsion bars and a quadruple redundancy digital fly-by-wire control system. To make training of Air Force personnel easier, the helicopter is fitted with a wheeled undercarriage.

The helicopter has been in serial production since 2009 and is supplied to the Defence Ministry’s aviation training centre. In future it will completely replace the Mi-2, which is currently used for pilot training.

Kazan Helicopters produces Mi-8/17 series helicopters that are operated in over 100 countries worldwide. A wide range of configurations are produced: transport, passenger, search and rescue, landing and transport, among many others. Preparations are underway to launch production of the Mi-38 passenger transport helicopter. Since 1997, Kazan Helicopters has been certified to develop helicopter technology: today the light twin-engine Ansat helicopter is in series production.

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).

State Corporation Rostec is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 for the purpose of promoting the development, production and export of hi-tech civilian and military industry products. It comprises 663 organizations, nine of which have now been formed as holding companies of the military-industrial complex and five of them are involved in civil industries. Rostec’s organizations are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply their products to the markets of more than 70 countries. The revenue of Rostec in 2013 amounted to RUB 1, 04 trillion, with net profit of RUB 40 billion. The tax deductions into the treasuries at all levels exceeded RUB 138 billion.

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