The Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad has visited a stand of Russian Helicopters (part of Russian State Corporation Rostec) at LIMA-2019 exhibition. Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO for Aftersales Service Igor Chechikov who headed the holding company’s delegation told him about the state-of-the-art helicopters designed in Russia.
“As part of this exhibition we present the Ansat and Mi-171A2 helicopters which were in Malaysia last year within the demonstration tour across Southeast Asia. Besides, here you can see our new civilian helicopter Mi-38, which occupies a niche between the classic Mi-8 and Mi-26 machines. We intend to develop fruitful cooperation with our partners from Malaysia and offer them both advanced machines and flexible service and after-sales service systems,” said Igor Chechikov.
The head of the holding company’s delegation presented Mr. Mohamad with a model Mi-171A2 helicopter in the same livery as it had during the demonstration tour.
“Malaysia is one of Rostec’s key markets in Southeast Asia. Russia and Malaysia have been partners in the aerospace industry for decades. For instance, Malaysia successfully operates several Mi-17 helicopters,” said Viktor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy at Rostec. “We aim to expand our partnership in aviation, and are ready to consider various options – from granting supply loans to establishing joint service centers and technology transfer.”
Earlier, as part of the demonstration tour of the Mi-171A2 and Ansat helicopters in Southeast Asia, participants of Airshow China in Zhuhai (China) and potential customers from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia got acquainted with the capabilities of both machines. Demonstration of full-size civilian machines in these countries allowed Russian helicopters to reach certain agreements and form a large portfolio of orders for the Mi-171A2 and Ansat helicopters. The helicopters flew almost 5,000 kilometers. Overall, more than a thousand representatives of state and commercial operators attended demonstration flights. The machines confirmed their performance and proved that they can be used efficiently in high temperature and humidity.
Ansat is a light multipurpose twin-engine helicopter serial production of which is deployed at the Kazan helicopter plant. Its design allows converting it into a cargo version or into a passenger rotorcraft that can lift up to seven people. The machine is certified for use with a medical module in the temperatures ranging between -45°С and +50°С. High-altitude tests of Ansat have been successfully completed, which confirmed the possibility of its use in mountainous terrain at altitudes up to 3,500 meters.
Mi-171A2 is a medium-class multipurpose helicopter combining unique experience of operating the helicopters of Mi-8/17 type and the holding company’s latest designs. The helicopter may be effectively and safely used around the clock, in highland conditions, at low and high temperatures, high humidity and overwater.
JSC Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec) is one of the world leaders in the helicopter industry and the only developer and manufacturer of helicopters in Russia. The holding company was established in 2007. The head office is located in Moscow. The holding company is composed of five helicopter plants, two design bureaus, enterprises for production and maintenance of components, aircraft repair plants and a service company providing after-sales support in Russia and abroad. Among the buyers of the holding company’s products are the Defense Ministry of Russia, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, EMERCOM of Russia, and other state customers, Gazprom Avia and UTair airlines, as well as major Russian and foreign companies. In 2016, the revenue of Russian Helicopters under IFRS amounted to RUB 214.3 billion, its shipments totalled to 189 helicopters.
Rostec is a Russian State Corporation that was established in 2007 to facilitate the development, production and export of high-tech industrial products designed for civilian and military applications. The corporation comprises over 700 organizations that are currently part of eleven holding companies operating in the military-industrial complex and three holding companies working in civilian industry, as well as 80 directly managed organizations. Rostec’s portfolio includes well-known brands such as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Concern Kalashnikov, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO AVISMA, UralVagonZavod, etc. Rostec companies are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply products to the markets of more than 70 countries. According to Rostec’s strategy, the main objective of the Corporation is to ensure that Russia has a technological advantage in highly competitive global markets. Rostec’s key objectives include the introduction of a new techno-economic paradigm and digitalization of Russian economy.