Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has signed two contracts to supply the modernised light Ansat passenger helicopter manufactured by Kazan Helicopters. Under the agreements, signed at HeliRussia 2015, the first customers for five of the new aircraft will be Tatarstan-based Tulpar Helicopters and Vector Aviation Company.
“The niche for Russian-built light commercial helicopters was long the preserve of the Soviet Mi-2. Now Russian Helicopters has built the unique modern Ansat, which has numerous competitive advantages over other helicopters its class,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said. “We are pleased that the Ansat has found its first customers, and look forward to expanding our order book for this helicopter with orders from foreign helicopter operators.”
Tulpar Helicopters will receive three Ansats, with another two aircraft ordered by Vector Aviation Company. Both clients provide services including commercial helicopter and aeroplane flights, service and engineering support for aircraft, helicopter sales and leasing, operational support, design and production of VIP interiors and supplying aviation equipment.
The modernised Ansat is reliable and simple to operate, can operate in various climates and is suitable for outdoors storage. In December 2014 the Ansat with hydromechanical controls received additional type certification from the Interstate Aviation Committee’s Aviation Register (IAC AR), allowing it to make commercial passenger flights.
Russian Helicopters has already presented the new Ansat to its traditional markets including countries across the CIS, South-East Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Kazan Helicopters produces the Mi-8/17 series of helicopters, in use in more than 100 countries around the world. The plant produces numerous modifications of these helicopters including for transportation, passenger, search-and-rescue, amphibious transport and many other uses. The Mi-38 is being readied for production. Since 1997 Kazan Helicopters has been a certified helicopter developer. Today the light twin-engined Ansat is in serial production.
Russian Helicopters, (part of State Corporation Rostec), is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters was founded in 2007 and 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. In 2014 its IFRS revenues increased 22,8% to RUB 169,8 billion. Deliveries reached 271 helicopters.
State Corporation Rostec is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 for the purpose of promoting the development, production and export of hi-tech civilian and military industry products. It comprises 700 organisations, nine of which have now been formed as holding companies of the military-industrial complex, five of them are involved in civil industries and 22 are directly controlled.
Rostec’s portfolio includes recognised brands such as Avtovaz, Kamaz, Russian Helicopters, and VSMPO-AVISMA. Rostec’s organisations are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply their products to the markets of more than 70 countries. The revenue of Rostec in 2013 amounted to RUB 1.04 trillion. The tax deductions into the treasuries at all levels exceeded RUB 138 billion.