27-Jul-2021 Source: Russian Helicopters
The Russian Helicopters holding (Rostec State Corporation), the state development corporation VEB.RF, NPO Conversion and the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic signed a four-way agreement on the development of helicopter transportation within the framework of the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Salon in the Far Eastern Federal District.
This agreement involves the joint development of a mechanism for renewing the helicopter fleet of the Far Eastern Federal District, as well as the development of civil transportation in the Far Eastern Federal District and the Arctic. The parties to the agreement will develop proposals to improve transport accessibility in the regions of the Far Eastern Federal District. The main areas of cooperation within the framework of the agreement will be: tourism, ambulance aviation, firefighting, postal transportation, corporate transportation.
Within the framework of the agreement, it is planned to create a pilot project for the organization of tourist transport routes and their maintenance by a specialized operator in the Far Eastern Federal District and the Arctic.
“The Far East is a huge region with a low population density and sparse terrestrial infrastructure, which often does not reach remote areas. In this case, the only way to get to such places is to use small aircraft and, in particular, helicopter technology. Unfortunately, the backbone of the Far Eastern helicopter fleet is made up of machines created back in the Soviet Union. Up to 50% of helicopters are subject to replacement. The signed agreement is designed to speed up this process and launch a mechanism for renewing the helicopter fleet of the Far East and the Arctic, and develop a set of measures for state support for such projects. This is important both from the point of view of ensuring the transport accessibility of residents of hard-to-reach regions, the development of medical aviation, cargo delivery, and the realization of the tourist potential of the Far East “,Alexey Chekunkov .
“For the Far East, helicopter transportation is especially relevant. Huge distances, difficult terrain and climatic conditions often make helicopters an uncontested mode of transport for many settlements,” said Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky… – Do not forget about the natural attractions of Russia. The beauty of Lake Baikal, the volcanoes of Kamchatka, the Lena Pillars natural park and many other truly unique objects are located in remote places, and helicopters will be able to provide significant assistance in unlocking the richest tourist potential of our country. Therefore, together with our partners under the agreement, we intend to facilitate the expansion of the air transport network and replenishment of the helicopter fleet of the Far Eastern Federal District with modern helicopters adapted to local climatic and geographical conditions. ”
The parties will jointly develop a mechanism for updating the civilian fleet (Mi-8, Mi-38, Ka-62 helicopters) and prepare proposals on possible measures aimed at improving transport accessibility in the Far Eastern Federal District, including hard-to-reach settlements.
“One of the key objectives of the signed agreement is to expand the effective demand for helicopter transportation. We see that tourist attraction magnets and a decrease in the cost of an hourly flight can become a driver of such growth. The primary subjects of the Russian Federation where the Project will be implemented are the Murmansk Region and the Republic of Buryatia. with strong domestic and export tourism potential “, – said the first deputy chairman of VEB.RF Alexander Braverman .