09.11.2012 Russia’s new Ka-32A11BC helicopter could put out a fire in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa
The Ka-32A11BC is an all-weather coaxial rotor helicopter that can be equipped with special horizontal fire-fighting equipment. The helicopter was showcased in Dubai by Russian Helicopters, part of state defence holding Oboronprom and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters.
“Today this helicopter is a unique and highly effective tool for tackling fires in high-rise buildings and skyscrapers,” Dmitry Zuikov of Russian Helicopters said at the conference. “The Ka-32A11BC’s coaxial rotors give it a crucial edge in terms of stability and manoeuvrability in the turbulent air found in fire zones, making it a high-precision tool that can fight fires with maximum efficiency.”
The Ka-32A11BC is highly configurable with more than 40 different options available to buyers, Dmitry Zuikov said. “This includes Bambi-Bucket and Simplex fire-fighting systems of various capacities, stowable lifting cabins for transportation and rescue operations, and other equipment such as water-canons for horizontal fire-fighting, which would be perfectly suited to tackling a blaze in any of Dubai’s skyscrapers, like the Burj Kalifa.”
The Ka-32A11BC proved its fire-fighting credentials in April 2012, when a blaze engulfed more than 300 meters of the 67th floor at the Federation Tower in Moscow, more than 270 meters above ground level. More than 20 fire brigades were called out to respond to the incident – the highest altitude fire in Moscow’s history – but the fire was only contained after two Ka-32As belonging to the Russian Emergencies Ministry were called into action and ferried in water from the nearby Moscow River.
Emergencies Ministry officials have repeatedly praised the Ka-32A11BC’s fire-fighting capabilities, and Russian Helicopters believes the helicopter is particularly effective for tackling blazes at altitude.
More than 70% of fires worldwide occur in towns and cities, while only 30% are wildfires. Experts say that fires in high-rise buildings pose a real problem for today’s cities, and fire brigades, rescue workers and other emergency services all say that tackling them is a highly complex operation that requires specialised equipment – primarily helicopters – and training.
The High-Rise Aerial Firefighting & Rescue conference drew an audience of officials from big cities as well as fire-fighting and rescue experts. The capabilities of the Ka-32A11BC and other specialised Russian-built helicopters – such as the modified medium Mi-8/17 and light multirole Ansat and Ka-226T – were highly recommended.
Dubai Helishow 2012 ran from 6-8 November in Dubai, with more than 100 companies from around the world exhibiting. The show focused particularly on the potential uses of helicopters for security and rescue operations.
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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).
Russian Technologies State Corporation was established in November 2007 to support Russian industry in developing, producing and exporting high-tech industrial products. The Corporation includes 22 directly managed companies and 17 holdings, of which 12 are in the defence sector and five in civil industry. In total Russian Technologies comprise about 660 companies. The Corporation has its headquarters in Moscow, and has a presence in 60 of Russia’s regions. It exports its products to 70 countries.