Russian Helicopters to Take Part in India’s 8th Vibrant Gujarat Forum

Russian Helicopters to Take Part in India's 8th Vibrant Gujarat Forum

The Russian Helicopters company, part of the Rostec state corporation, is taking part in the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017 regional investment forum in India’s Gujarat state, the company said Tuesday.

    The eighth biennial Vibrant Gujarat forum is taking place in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar on January 10-13 and is due to kick off in several hours. This year’s event focuses on sustainable economic and social development. It is the largest regional forum in India, in which business leaders, government representatives and experts from India and all over the world take part. The forum aims to attract investments to the state’s economy and develop regional industry.
   Today, India is one of the main operators of Russian helicopters. It is worth mentioning that the country’s authorities are also showing an interest in civilian vehicles. India already operates civilian Mi-172 helicopters… We are interested not only in selling military equipment, but also in setting up long-term relations with our Indian partners and are ready to offer them a number of additional services, including after-sales services,” Russian Helicopter Deputy CEO Alexander Shcherbinin was quoted as saying in a company statement.
     India currently operates some 400 helicopters made in Russia and intends to further boost this number, according to the company.
     India uses a broad range of Mil Mi-17 and Mi-8 transport helicopter variants. These are used in search and rescue operations, passenger transport and are involved in the protection of forests and fisheries.

Peru will get spares for Mi-8/17 helicopters from Russia

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ENGELS, December 9. /TASS/. Russian Helicopters holding won the tender on supply of spare parts for Mi-8/17 helicopters of Peru’s Air Force and will start deliveries next year, Executive Director of the company Grigoriy Kozlov said on Friday.

“The holding won the next tender on supply of spares for Mi-8/17 helicopters of Peruvian Air Force. Peru will start receiving spare parts directly from the helicopters manufacturer already in the beginning of 2017 after making relevant contracts,” Kozlov said.

This will promote combating counterfeit components posing threat to helicopter flight safety and life of crewmembers, he added.

The Russian helicopters manufacturer also plans to build a pilot training center in Peru next year, Kozlov said.

“The intention of the holding to build and outfit a helicopter simulation center for the Peruvian Army evidences importance of the Peruvian market for Russian Helicopters. Construction of the simulation center near Lima will start recently. Representatives of the holding plan to complete construction already in 2017,” the senior manager said.

Creation of such a center in Peru will significantly reduce training time because Peru’s pilots of Russian Mi-171Sh helicopters will train in the territory of the country, Kozlov added.


Russia to Churn Out First Batch of Ka-52 Choppers for Foreign Customers in 2017


 Kamov Ka-52

   Russia will manufacture the first batch of hi-tech Ka-52 gunships for foreign purchasers in early 2017.

   ZHUHAI (China),  The first batch of Ka-52 helicopters manufactured for foreign purchasers will be ready for delivery in 2017, Russian Helicopters holding Deputy CEO Igor Chechikov said.

   “Our factory is booked with export orders until 2020. We are planning to manufacture the first batch of Ka-52 Alligator helicopters [NATO reporting name: Hokum B] in the beginning of 2017,” Chechikov told RIA Novosti in an interview.

   On October 18, Anatoly Punchuk, the deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), said that Egypt had appealed to Russia to supply Ka-52 helicopters for Mistral helicopter carriers.

    Russia’s Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance and combat helicopter is designed to destroy tanks and other armored vehicles. Ka-52 could also perform fire support operations, as well as patrol and escort missions.

Russia participates in repair of helicopters purchased by US for Afghanistan

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ZHUHAI, October 31. /TASS/. Russia is taking part in repair of helicopters purchased by the United States for the armed forces of Afghanistan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for after-sales services of Russian Helicopters Igor Chechikov told TASS in an interview on Monday.

“Proactive operation of our helicopters purchased by the United States is underway in Afghanistan; several countries make their repair. Furthermore, you are aware that the US government lifted sanctions on cooperation with Rosoboronexport exactly in respect of after-sales maintenance of Russian helicopters. This is because there is a large fleet of our helicopters in Afghanistan and the US pilots are flying them in particular, Chechikov said.

“Repair of the said helicopters is taking place with participation of the Russian party,” he added.

Russia may repair about 200 Afghanistan’s defense helicopters if relevant agreements are reached with the US and repair plants in East Europe, Deputy CEO of Rosoboronexport Sergei Goreslavsky told TASS earlier.


Fitch upgrades Russian Helicopters’ rating to “BB+” from “BB”

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MOSCOW, October 26. /TASS/. Fitch Ratings has upgraded Russian Helicopters (affiliate of Rostec state corporation) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘BB+’ from ‘BB’ and affirmed the Short-Term IDR at ‘B’ with the stable outlook, the international rating agency said on Wednesday.

“The upgrade reflects Fitch’s views that the recent improvement in the company’s funds from operations (FFO), whilst essentially caused by the depreciation of the ruble, will probably lead to a sustainably improved financial profile with key financial ratios remaining at a level commensurate with new rating,” Fitch said. Russian Helicopters achieved a structural improvement in its pricing and cost structure and is well placed to apply future expected strong free cash flow towards debt reduction, the rating agency reported.


Egypt Appeals to Russia for Supplies of Helicopters for Mistral Ships


 Mechanics work on a Ka-52K Katran helicopter at the Progress aviation plant in the Primorsky Territory

    Anatoly Punchuk, deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), said that FSMTC received n appeal from the Egyptian side for the supplies of shipborne Ka-52.

   PARIS. Egypt has appealed to Russia to supply Ka-52 helicopters (NATO reporting name: Hokum B) for Mistral helicopter carriers, Anatoly Punchuk, deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), said Tuesday.

   “We received an appeal from the Egyptian side for the supplies of shipborne Ka-52. The customer is considering the possibility of forming several helicopter squadrons. The exact amount will be agreed in the course of further negotiations,” Punchuk said.

Indonesia plans to buy Russian-made helicopters — ambassador

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UFA, October 5. /TASS/. Jakarta plans to purchase Russian-made helicopters in order to use them in the province of West Java, in particular, Indonesia’s ambassador to Russia Wahid Supriyadi said.

“We would like to purchase helicopters from Russia. There are many islands in West Java, so the helicopters are in great demand there,” the ambassador said at a meeting with the head of the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan, Rustem Khamitov.

Moreover, according to the ambassador, Indonesia has been holding talks with Moscow on the purchase of 8 modern Sukhoi Su-35 fighter planes that are set to replace their US-made F-5 Tiger aircraft that the Indonesian Air Force has been using since 1980.

Indonesian diplomats are presently on a working visit to Bashkortostan’s capital of Ufa on October 4-5.