Russian Helicopters, May 14, 2015 - Lima, Peru - Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) is taking part in the V International defence technology and prevention of natural disasters exhibition SITDEF 2015, which will run from 14-17 May in Lima, Peru.
Russian Helicopters will showcase its multirole Ka-32A11BC helicopter and one of its most anticipated upcoming models, the multirole Mi-171A2 for operators from the region. Jointly with Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters will also present its Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance and combat helicopter and the world's largest helicopter, the Mi-26.
“Latin America is one of the most promising markets for Russian-made helicopters. In total, over 400 are currently in operation here. In 2013, contracts for the delivery of over 40 helicopters to this region were signed. Supplies will continue through to 2016,' said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev. 'We mainly supply helicopters in the medium and heavy segments to Latin American countries, which are the most economically successful and are a traditional area of strength for Russian Helicopters.”
Ka-32A11BC helicopters, with their coaxial main rotor design, are well known among Latin American operators. They are successfully deployed in fighting fires, in construction and assembly work, and to transport cargo on their external sling, in Peru, Colombia, Brazil, and Chile. The Ka-32A11BC boasts the best cargo capacity in its class and excellent manoeuvrability. In 2014, a service centre for the Ka-32A11BC was certified in Brazil. During SITDEF, Russian Helicopters specialists will give a presentation on this helicopter and discuss its capabilities in search and rescue and special cargo transport missions.
Visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity to learn more about the multirole Mi-171A2, which combines the unique global operational experience of Mi-8/17 helicopters with the latest engineering and technological solutions. Modern technologies and materials were used in its construction. Russian Helicopters launched flight tests on it in November 2014.
Jointly with Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters will showcase one of its best performing military models, the Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance and combat helicopter, which was unveiled to the world at the Le Bourget airshow in Paris in 2013. This helicopter is designed to destroy tanks, armoured and non-armoured ground targets, and enemy troops and helicopters both on the front line and in tactical reserves. It can also provide target acquisition and designation for helicopter teams and ground troop command and control centres. Its target acquisition system, avionics, and attack systems can all operate in any weather conditions, around the clock. The Ka-52 Alligator is ideally suited to operation in Latin America. It is excellently placed for use in high mountainous areas where it is a perfect fit in operations against guerillas and fighting narco-trafficking.
Rosoboronexport's stand will also showcase the military Mi-26 and the upgraded version, the Mi-26T2 – the world's largest series produced helicopter. It is used for complex transport and massive search and rescue operations. Talks will also be held with representatives of regional law enforcement agencies on the possible operation of Mi-35M and Mi-171Sh helicopters.
In November 2014, Russian Helicopters launched deliveries to Peru's Defense Ministry of a new batch of Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters under a Rosoboronexport contract. In addition to these helicopters, the customer will receive equipment and parts for their maintenance, including equipment for a service and maintenance centre and also a training model for new flight crew. Under the contract concluded in December 2013, Peru will receive 24 helicopters by the end of 2015. This was the largest contract signed in the modern history of military-technical cooperation between Russia and Peru, and one of the most significant contracts signed on the global military helicopter market. Mi-171Sh helicopters support transport links with regions in the Amazon basin and the Andes, and will be useful during military operations along the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers against drug trafficking, terrorist groupings, and organisations involved in illegal mining.
During the exhibition, Russian Helicopters specialists will meet with international partners and discuss issues relating to the comprehensive maintenance of Russian-made helicopters. Under license No. 2014214207, dated 30.09.2014, Russian Helicopters has the right to export spare parts, components, training goods, and technical documentation for previously exported helicopters, carry out work to extend their operational life, repair, and upgrade (including technical research and design and construction work), utilisation and other activities that form part of the comprehensive service provision for military helicopters, and also to train international specialists to carry out this work. Today, Russian Helicopters is actively involved in developing a network of after-sales service centres for commercial and military Russian-made helicopters in the region, in its efforts to deliver a first class service offering for Russian helicopters throughout their full life cycle.
The first International Defense Technology Exhibition & Prevention of Natural Disasters SITDEF event took place in 2007 in Peru’s capital Lima at the Headquarters of the Army, supported by the country’s President, Government and Defense Ministry. Every year the exhibition attracts over 40,000 visitors from across the continent of South America, and representatives of the Armed Forces and official delegations from 30 countries.