A delegation from Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will visit South Korea on 19-20 October as part of its contract for overhaul of Ka-32 helicopters operated by Korea’s Forest Aviation Headquarters.
The delegation will meet with the management team of LG International, visit the technical centre at Jeonju and discuss prospects for cooperation on technical maintenance of Russian-built helicopters for the Korean market.
Talks are also planned with representatives of the Forest Aviation Headquarters, as well as operating companies Heli Korea and UI Helicopters.
Ka-32 helicopters have been supplied to South Korean operators since 1993. They are ideally suited to operations in the challenging geographical and climatic conditions found in remote parts of mountainous regions, northern latitudes, tropical regions with hot and wet climates, and over water.
Today more than 60 Ka-32 helicopters operate in South Korea, where they have racked up more than 100,000 hours of flying time. Forest Aviation Headquarters uses the helicopters for firefighting, while the Armed Forces deploy them on search-and-rescue operations. The country’s coastguard operates Ka-32s to patrol Korea’s inshore waters. In addition they are used by commercial operators for cargo transportation, construction work, logging and other tasks.
South Korea’s police force deploys the Mi-171A2, one of the aircraft of the Mi-8/17 series, for routine patrols and special operations. It is the only helicopter in the Korean police force’s fleet able to fly over the sea for distances of up to 250 km.
There are currently two service centres in South Korea for servicing Russian-built helicopters: one at LG International and the second at Forest Aviation Headquarters.
Russian Helicopters, (part of State Corporation Rostec), is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters was founded in 2007 and 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. In 2014 its IFRS revenues increased 22,8% to RUB 169,8 billion. Deliveries reached 271 helicopters.
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 700 organisations, nine of which have now been formed as holding companies of the military-industrial complex, five of them are involved in civil industries and 22 are directly controlled. Rostec’s portfolio includes recognised brands such as Avtovaz, Kamaz, Russian Helicopters, and VSMPO-AVISMA. Rostec’s organisations 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. The tax deductions into the treasuries at all levels exceeded RUB 138 billion.
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