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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Russia to display 400 exhibits at international weapons show in South Africa

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MOSCOW, September 12. /TASS/. Russia will display more than 400 exhibits at the international conference and weapons show Africa Aerospace and Defense-2016, to be held in Pretoria, South Africa, on September 14-18, Russia’s federal service for military-technical cooperation has said.

Russia will present information about military products that are in the greatest demand in the region, such as T-90S and T-90MS main battle tanks, BTR-82A armored personnel carrier, Mi-28NE combat helicopter, Mi-35M combat and transport helicopter, Ka-52 reconnaissance and attack helicopter and many others. The medium-haul passenger liner Sukhoi Superjet-100 will perform a demonstration flight.

Russia’s official delegation under the deputy director of the federal service for military-technical cooperation under Anatoly Punchuk will discuss bilateral cooperation with foreign partners.

The exhibition with South Africa has been held since 1992. It is Africa’s largest diversified show featuring the latest achievements in military and civil aviation, naval ship-building, conventional weaponry, and aerospace equipment and technologies. This year the show will open at the Waterkloof-Centurion air base in seven pavilions having a total floor space of 22,000 meters and at seven open-air sites. A total of 326 foreign companies have declared their intention to participate.