13.08.2012 Russian Helicopters celebrates 100 years of the Russian Air Force
The three-day celebration began on August 10 in the St Petersburg suburb of Gatchina, the site of the Air Force’s first-ever military airfield. The action then moved to Zhukovsky, which hosts the annual MAKS Air & Space Salon. The event attracted more than 200,000 visitors, with demonstrations by the Air Force and DOSAAF (the armed forces voluntary association), who were joined by pilots from the UK, Italy, Turkey, France, Poland, Finland and Latvia.
The Golden Eagles aerobatics team gave a display of the Ka-52 Alligator and Mi-28N Night Hunter models constructed by Russian Helicopters, and there were also demonstration flights of the Mi-26, Mi-8, Ansat-U, Mi-35 and Mi-2.
Helicopters have a long and distinguished history of service in the Soviet and Russian Air Forces, and have demonstrated their operational versatility as a workhorse carrying out everything from supply and logistics to attack missions. The first rotary-wing aircraft – the A-4 designed by V.A. Kuznetsov – entered the Red Army in 1934. During the Second World War, a squadron of A-7-3a gyroplanes designed by Nikolai Kamov fought during the siege of Smolensk; the squadron’s engineer was Mikhail Mil, subsequently also a renowned designer of helicopters.
Today, the Russian Defence Ministry remains one of the largest and most important clients of Russian Helicopters, with more than 1,000 helicopters slated for delivery to the Air Force in the next decade. In the past few years, the Company has delivered models including the Mi-28N, the Mi-8, Mi-26, Mi-35 and Ansat-U. The Ka-52 has also undergone testing and is starting to enter service.
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Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters 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. Over 8000 helicopters of Soviet/Russian make are operated in 110 countries worldwide. Traditionally the demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia, and CIS countries. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2011 its IFRS revenues increased 27.8% to RUB 103.9 billion. Deliveries reached 262 helicopters.
Partners of Russian Helicopters: AirTaxi Service (interior completions and maintenance); Tranzas (software, navigation systems, aviation simulators); CSTS Dinamika (technical training means for aviation flight and engineering personnel); BETA AIR (testing equipment and aviation electronics); Ural Works of Civil Aviation (repair of helicopter engines and components, as well as gearboxes).
UIC Oboronprom, JSC is a multi-profile industrial and investment group established in 2002. It is a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. Its main tasks include: helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters, JSC) and engine-building (United Engine Industry Corporation managing company).