Russian Helicopters and Technodinamika (formerly the Aviation Equipment Group), both Rostec companies, and France’s Microturbo (part of the Safran group) have signed a trilateral memorandum on the joint development and production of a new auxiliary power unit (APU), Saphir 15, for the helicopter market. Under the memorandum, Russian Helicopters will become the first potential customer for the new APU. Technodinamika and Microturbo will jointly work to increase the range of potential customers for the Saphir 15 APU among companies in Russia and abroad.
The memorandum was signed by Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO Roman Chernyshev, CEO at Technodinamika Maxim Kuzyuk, and the head of Microturbo Pierre-Yves Morvan.
“Russian Helicopters is engaged in extensive cooperation with other companies in the sector on improving efficiency and developing new technologies,” said Deputy CEO of Russian Helicopters Roman Chernyshev. “This opens up new opportunities for the company. This cooperation creates new products and technologies, and reduces delays. This new auxiliary power unit will help diversify component supplies for our helicopters. Technodinamika has already proved itself to be a reliable supplier for Russian-made helicopters.”