Russia to Export 150 Combat Helicopters in 2016/2018
Russian Helicopters holding intends to supply more than 150 combat helicopters abroad in 2016-2018 through Rosoboronexport
Rostec, May 19, 2016 - Under the effective contracts, it is planned to deliver more than 50 combat helicopters through Rosoboronexport to foreign countries in 2017. At that, deliveries will nearly double in 2018 as compared to the volume in 2013.
"From 2016 to 2018, a total of more than 150 combat helicopters will be produced and delivered to foreign customers," says the holding’s press office report, according to TASS.
During the HeliRussia 2016 exhibition, Alexander Mikheev, director general of Russian Helicopters, and Anatoly Isaykin, head of Rosoboronexport, signed a program of joint actions aimed at promotion of military and dual purpose production for the external market. The program is designed for the period from 2016 to 2019 and is intended to increase the export volume of combat and multipurpose helicopters. Specialists of both parties will analyze foreign markets and hold a range of marketing activities, including a series of meetings with potential clients and helicopter presentations.
"We note a surge in external demand for helicopter production. In spite of significant growth of the order portfolio of combat helicopters produced by Russian Helicopters holding, we have not yet fully realized our capability of export supplies of combat equipment. Russian Helicopters has substantial potential in designing, manufacturing and modernization of export-orientated helicopters. We are mainly talking about promotion of Russian combat, transport-combat, multipurpose and training helicopters to markets in the Middle East, Latin America and South Asia," said Alexander Mikheev at the signing ceremony.
The head of Rosoboronexport has emphasized that the signing of the programs will increase efficiency of the company's interaction with Russian Helicopters and will " contribute to consolidation of Russia’s position in one of the most important sectors of the international weapons market."
Russian Helicopters is a world leader in the helicopter industry, and the only helicopter designer and manufacturer in Russia. The holding consists of five helicopter plants, two design offices, as well as enterprises involved in the production and maintenance of components, aircraft repair plants and a service company that provides aftersales support in Russia and overseas.