Russian helicopter fleet posts solid growth in Latin America
Russian Helicopters, March 26, 2014 - Moscow - Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has seen sustainable growth in demand from Latin America, which is home to one of the largest fleets of Russian-built helicopters in the world – and one that is continuing to expand.
“The fleet of Russian-built helicopters in Latin America has grown by 6% over the last three years, from 385 machines in 2011 to 409 at the start of 2014,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said. “Our products are recognised around the world for their reliability and efficiency, and this helps us not only to maintain our traditionally strong position in Latin America but also to grow our presence in this fast-growing market.”
Latin American countries have a long history of acquiring Russian helicopters and rich experience of operating both commercial and military models of various classes and designations. Highest demand has been for medium and heavy helicopters, segments in which Russian Helicopters is traditionally strong and produces highly economical machines.
Russian Helicopters’ most popular model in the region is the Mi-8/17 series, with more than 300 helicopters delivered to date. The military Mi-17V-5 and Mi-171Sh operate in the region alongside commercial models including one of the latest versions, the Mi-171A1.
Also well known to helicopter operators in the region is the coaxial Ka-32A11BC, which has been successfully deployed on fire-fighting missions, construction work and transportation of cargo on an external sling. Ka-32 series helicopters operate in Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Chile.
The Mi-8/17 and Mi-24/35 series are the most in-demand military helicopters in South America, operating for example in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. Mi-8/17 military transport helicopters are renowned for their high degree of flexibility, resilience, durability and ease of maintenance.
Latin American militaries also operate another unique helicopter produced by Russian Helicopters. The super-heavy Mi-26 is used by the air forces of Peru and Mexico to carry airborne troops and cargo including bulky equipment. The Mi-26 can accommodate up to 82 airborne troops with full equipment or up to 20 tonnes of cargo inside the cabin or on an external sling.
Russian Helicopters is showcasing its products at the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE 2014) on 25-30 March in the Chilean capital, Santiago. During the exhibition regional operators have the opportunity to discover the latest Russian-built models including the Ka-62, Mi-171A2 and Mi-38.
Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of State Corporation Rostec. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters 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. Over 8000 helicopters of Soviet/Russian make are operated in 110 countries worldwide. Traditionally the demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia, and CIS countries. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2013 its IFRS revenues increased 10% to RUB 138.3 billion. Deliveries reached 275 helicopters.
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