23-Jan-2017 Source: Russian Helicopters
Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has completed deliveries of the first batch of multirole Ка-32A11BC helicopters, which are built at Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise.
The delivery is part of the contract to supply four multirole Ka-32A11BCs, which was signed between Russian Helicopters and Jiangsu Baoli Aviation Equipment Investment Co., Ltd in November 2015. After the delivery of the first batch, two more helicopters will be handed over to the Chinese operators in 2017. These machines will be used for firefighting and rescue operations.
“Ka-32A11BC helicopters have been operated in China for several years now, and they proved to be reliable. These helicopters are essential for firefighting in dense urban areas where conventional crews, as a rule, have limited access to high-rise buildings. We are happy to cooperate with our Chinese partners and view the market of East Asia as a promising one,” – said Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO for Marketing and Business Development Alexander Shcherbinin.
“Our company specializes in manufacturing and repairs of Ka series helicopters. We welcome the desire of our foreign colleagues to operate Russian-made helicopters, and are confident that the production of helicopters for export purposes will gradually increase at our plant, “- said KumAPP plant Managing Director Yuri Pustovgarov.
The multirole Ka-32A11BC helicopter is designed for search and rescue missions and for work at high altitudes, for cargo transporting, medevac, firefighting and patrolling. In China, these machines are mainly used for firefighting and rescue operations, as well as for work in the highlands.
Russian Helicopters have previously delivered 11 Ka-32 type helicopters to various Chinese customers. In 2015, 3 units were shipped, while another agreement was signed at China Aviation and Aerospace – 2016 to supply to Jiangsu Baoli a Ka-32A11BC and aviation equipment for this type of rotorcraft in 2017.
With the continued increase in fleet of Russian-made helicopters in China, Russian Helicopters are also looking to create service centers in China. In addition to China, Ka-32s of various modifications are operated in Spain, Portugal, Colombia, Switzerland, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and other countries.