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JSC Motor Sich has already completed a prototype as well as test flights for their new MSB-2 Nadiya light civil helicopter and are planning on completing certification in 2018. The helicopter can fit up to seven people and fly up to 1,000km, reports Kyiv Post.
Bell are in early development stages for their new civil helicopter. It is currently in the pre-launch stage, with little information regarding what it looks like being known. Chief executive, Mitch Snyder has commented that they do not want to “reveal it until it achieves what we want it to achieve,” reports Flight Global.
Russian Helicopters has been working on a new high-speed combat helicopter and have confirmed times for its first test flight. They predict that the prototype will be ready for its debut flight in 2019, reports TASS. The helicopter will be able to reach speeds of 400 km/h.
Kamov is currently developing a new coaxial helicopter. They have already determined that a monoaxial helicopter can reach 450 km/h but that seems to be its limit. To test the coaxial helicopter, they have created a “flying laboratory” to test the prototypes, reports Defence World.
Bell’s new V-280 Valor tilt-rotor prototype is 95% complete and the company expects its first flight to be in September. The prototype was made for the US Army’s joint-multirole demonstrator programme, reports Star Telegram. The V-280 differs from the V-22 tilt-rotor, as the company decided to take the “lessons learned” from the V-22 and applied… Read more »
The AW609 TiltRotor programme is expected to start icing trials soon following recent ground and flight testing activities. These advances have been made in support of FAA certification, which remains on track for 2018. The third prototype, based at Leonardo’s facility in Philadelphia, performed several weeks of unrestrained ground testing and, more recently, flight trials… Read more »
Leonardo Group, 10-Feb-17