Mi-26T, world’s heaviest civilian helicopter, enters service in Kazakhstan for first time
Russian Helicopters, October 24, 2013 - Moscow - Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, has delivered the first Mi-26T heavy transport helicopter to Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry – the first time in the history of Kazakh civil aviation that the helicopter will be put into operation.
The Mi-26T is a unique helicopter that can give invaluable support to Kazakhstan’s emergency services. The helicopter was delivered to the Ministry after a general overhaul and modifications at Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant, a Russian Helicopters company. The modified Mi-26T completed a flight fr om Novosibirsk to Astana in October 2013 and was greeted by specialists from Kazaviaspas, the air rescue division of the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry.
In total, the Ministry has commissioned Russian Helicopters to overhaul and modify two Mi-26 military helicopters, which had previously been in storage for 20 years.
In March 2012 a group of specialists from Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant and engineers from Kazaviaspas readied the helicopters to be sent for repairs, and in May 2012 they made the more than 2,000-km journey to Novosibirsk in the external sling of a UTair Mi-26T.
“This was the first time we had repaired and modified helicopters that had not been in service for 20 years,” said Yuri Lipatnikov, Managing Director of Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant. “Everything, including the transportation, was an incredible challenge, but Russian Helicopters once again proved that we can provide a high quality service at the most complex level.”
Overhauls were carried out at Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant, wh ere the helicopters were modified into civilian Mi-26Ts. These helicopters carry the latest aviation and air-rescue equipment for use by the Emergencies Ministry and can be used for a wide range of operations including fire fighting and evacuations.
The Mi-26T is the largest serially manufactured civilian helicopter in the world and is often used in complex transportation operations and large-scale rescue work. It can carry equipment and bulky loads of up to 20 tonnes in weight inside its fuselage or on an external sling. The military version can hold 82 fully armed troopers, while the medical Mi-26T has room for 60 stretcher patients. The tanker refueller version of the Mi-26T can carry up to 14 tonnes of fuel and the fire fighting version is equipped with an external VSU-15A water flushing device which can collect 15 tonnes of water from any source, including shallow sources.
The second Mi-26T is expected back in Kazakhstan after its overhaul soon. It will be used to ensure work on the Atyrau Shelf is carried out safely.
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 2012 its IFRS revenues increased 21% to RUB 125,7billion. Deliveries reached 290 helicopters.
UIC Oboronprom, JSC is a multi-profile industrial and investment group established in 2002. It is a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. Its main tasks include: helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters, JSC) and engine-building (United Engine Industry Corporation managing company).
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