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.


Russia to export helicopters to four African countries in 2016-2017

Mil Mi-35M helicopter (archive)

Mil Mi-35M helicopter (archive)

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PRETORIA, September 14. /TASS/. In 2016-2017, Russia will export the Mil Mi-8/17 and Mi-24/35 helicopters to Angola, Mali, Nigeria and Sudan, said Yury Demchenko, the head of the delegation for Russia’s arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, to the Africa Aerospace & Defense Expo, which opened in the South African Republic on Wednesday.

Demchenko pointed out that helicopters remained one of the most sought-after types of military hardware in Africa. In 2014-2016, Russian-made helicopters were exported to Angola, Sudan, Uganda and Rwanda.

“In 2016-2017, we plan to continue exporting these helicopters to Angola, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria. Our position in the African helicopter market is solid, so we are optimistic about the prospects of cultivating it further,” the delegation chief added.

Russian weapons export to Africa keeps growing

According to the official, Russia’s military-technical cooperation with the African countries has been steady on the ascent for the past few years and a number of African countries have already joined the list of Russia’s main trading partners.

“By and large the share of Africa in the world export of weapons is relatively small. For instance sub-Saharan Africa accounts for about two percent, but the statistics of Russian weapons sales by Rosoboronexport in Africa showed steady growth for several years. A similar situation can be observed in northern Africa, where a number of countries in recent years considerably built up purchases of Russian weapons to have entered the list of our main partners in the sphere of military-technical cooperation,” Demchenko said.

He believes that the African market is very promising for Russia and shows steady growth. To a certain extent this is a result of soaring threats from terrorists and pirates, as well as such problems as drug trafficking and illegal production of hydrocarbons and seafood, he explained.

“Besides, African states have been building up their participation in regional and international peacekeeping missions,” he recalled.

The weapons show in South Africa, which is being held on September 14-18, is the largest in Africa. According to the organizers, nearly 400 companies from 43 countries are taking part. According to earlier reports, the Russian delegation plans meetings with delegates from more than 25 countries in Africa, as well as delegations from a number of countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America.


Russia to Showcase Advanced Helicopter Models at South Africa Expo

September 14 – Russia will showcase existing and prospective helicopter models at the Africa Aerospace and Defense-2016 forum in South Africa. The Russian Helicopters company, part of the Rostec state corporation, will present current and future helicopter models at the Africa Aerospace and Defense-2016 (AAD 2016) exposition in South Africa, the company said in a statement Wednesday. “We have a traditionally strong position on African helicopter market, and we see South Africa as an important region for our products’ promotion. At this exposition we will showcase the current and future models of military helicopters. We hope that in the future this region’s air fleet will include these aircraft as well,” the company’s CEO Alexander Mikheev said, as quoted in the statement.
At the exposition, Russian Helicopters experts and their colleagues from Rosoboronexport will present the unique capabilities of the Mi-28NE attack helicopter and the Mi-35M multipurpose combat helicopter, as well as the Mi-8/17 military transport helicopter to the representatives of the official delegations and armed forces of the region.
The total number of Russian helicopters in air fleets of African countries is more than 700. Russian Helicopters already operates a service center for Russian civilian aircraft in South Africa in collaboration with Denel Aviation and hopes to expand the export of helicopters to the country. The AAD 2016 expo is taking place in Pretoria on September 14-18.

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Riyadh, Qatar and Turkey ‘Responsible for Downing Russian Helicopter in Syria’



A Russian Mi-8 helicopter was shot down in northwestern Syria on Monday killing all five Russian servicemen on board. In an interview with Sputnik, Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos, Editor of Politics First Magazine, put the blame on an alliance of terrorist groups called the Army of Conquest and its suppliers.

“I have no doubt about that. They have in their possession advanced weapons. We are talking about tanks, other armored vehicles, antitank weapons and antiaircraft missiles. The question is who has supplied them with these antiaircraft missiles?” he continued, adding that they could have apparently been supplied by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.”

“Therefore, they are responsible for the downing of Russia’s Mi-8 helicopter, which was on a humanitarian mission in Syria, and for the death of all five Russian servicemen on board,” Marcus Papadopoulos continued.

Dr. Papadopoulos said that the Army of Conquest formed at the beginning of 2015 and after its formation it scored a major  battlefield victory when it captured Idlib city in the north of Syria and the rest of the province.

“Its political and financial backers are Saudi Arabia and Turkey and even though Ankara may now be reconsidering its policy of supporting Islamist terrorist groups, Turkey is the major supporter of the Army of Conquest responsible for numerous atrocities in Aleppo with their artillery bombardment of civilians,” he noted.

When asked that whether the downing of the Russian helicopter and the death of its crew will lead to the Army of Conquest losing its foreign sponsors or becoming officially recognized as a terrorist group, Dr. Papadopoulos said that “there is little chance of that happening because the Americans are supporting numerous other Islamist terrorist groups in Syria.”

He said that when in 2013 Daesh started to make its move in Syria there was no condemnation from the American government. It was only toward the end of that year when Daesh reemerged in Iraq and started posing a direct threat to the Western-backed Iraqi government that the Americans finally acted. Prior to that, they were only too happy to see Daesh advancing in Syria, capturing Syrian territories and committing atrocities.

“So there is no chance of the US listing the Army of Contest as a terrorist group,” Dr. Papadopoulos noted.

The downing of the Russian helicopter came shortly after Daesh posted a video where it called for waging a jihad against Russia.

When asked whether these two things could be connected somehow, Dr. Papadopoulos said that after Russia launched its antiterrorist campaign in Syria that actually turned the table in that conflict, it is now seen by Daesh, al-Nusra Front, the Army of  Conquest and others as one of their main enemies.Answering a question about the terrorists disseminating video accounts of their atrocities, Dr. Panadopoulos said that such photos and videos must be banned and that there should be censorship.

“I don’t really care what people in the West say about censorship being not in line with Western values of democracy and freedom of expression. There has to be a line drawn somewhere, that pictures of atrocities, beheadings, of bodies being dragged behind trucks should be prohibited on social media.”

“This would deprive the terrorists of a very important channel of recruitment. We have to fight them on the battlefield and we should also beat them on social media by banning their pages on Facebook and preventing them from uploading their appalling photos and videos,” Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos emphasized.

The downing of the Mi-8 has become the deadliest episode for the Russian military since it started bombing terrorist-held territories in Syria in September 2015.