Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) is taking part in the sixth international industrial exhibition Innoprom-2015, which is being held from the 8th to the 11th of July 2015. The company will showcase its Ansat multipurpose helicopter at Innoprom, which is taking place at the Ekaterinburg-Expo International Exhibition Centre. Russian Helicopters’ exhibition can be found at stand 3B29.
For the first time in Innoprom’s history, the People’s Republic of China is a partner country. Russian Helicopters is expanding its cooperation in helicopter building with China – the delivery of a batch of 52 Mi-171E helicopters to China was completed in 2014. In addition, the delivery of Ka-32A11BC helicopters continues and the delivery of at least one heavy Mi-26TS is planned.
The largest cooperative project between Russia and China in the helicopter industry involves the joint production of a heavy helicopter, designated the AHL (Advanced Heavy Lift). Russian Helicopters and the Chinese aerospace manufacturer AVIC agreed on a framework agreement for cooperation on the creation of the AHL in May 2015. To date, the parties have held the first round of contract negotiations and cooperation on the project is underway.
Russian Helicopters is well known in China: the supply of Russian machines to China started with the first series-produced helicopter, the Mi-1. Mi-4 helicopters were assembled in China, licensed under the designation Harbin Z-5 at the Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation, part of AVIC. In addition to these models, China also operated the heavy Mi-6 helicopter, which was replaced by the Mi-26TS.
The Ansat helicopter has a number of competitive advantages compared to counterparts in its class. It is reliable and easy to operate, can be used in a wide range of climatic conditions, and does not need to be stored in a hangar. The Ansat has a metal fuselage, composite non load-bearing parts, and fibreglass blades. The hinge-less main rotor makes it easier to handle and significantly reduces its operating costs. In May 2015 the Ansat was certified by the IAC AR for passenger traffic, since which time the company has received orders from two airlines for these helicopters.