Russian Helicopters, September 01, 2019 - Moscow - During the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2019, VR-Technologies — innovation design office of the Russian Helicopters Holding Company, part of Rostec State Corporation, signed dealership agreements on promotion and sales of the light multipurpose helicopter VRT500 with a Malaysian company Ludev Aviation.
It is planned to start the supplies in 2023. The Malaysian company Ludev Aviation intends to purchase five helicopters.
Optional equipment and details of interior and a livery color scheme of VRT500 will be determined after the helicopter is issued a type certificate and an airworthiness certificate in accordance with the standards of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) . In early 2019 the technical project of the VRT500 program was successfully completed, and development of design documents started. Tests of the first prototype will start in 2020.
"Europe and Asia are priority potential markets for the VRT500 helicopter. With its performance, the helicopter competes with rotorcraft of the same class used in these regions," says VR-Technologies Director General Alexander Okhonko.
VRT500 is a light single-engine helicopter with coaxial rotors. Its takeoff weight is 1,650 kg. The aircraft has the largest passenger and cargo cabin in its class, which can accommodate up to five passengers and is equipped with a modern interactive avionics complex. The design solutions of the helicopter will allow it to reach the speed of up to 250 kph, fly up to 860 km and carry up to 730 kg of payload. The helicopter is designed in passenger, multipurpose, cargo, training, VIP and HEMS configurations.
VR-Technologies and KrasAeroScan signed a cooperation agreement
During the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2019, VR-Technologies — innovation design office of the Russian Helicopters Holding Company, part of Rostec State Corporation, — signed a cooperation agreement for development and serial production of VRT30 unmanned aerial system (UAS) with KrasAeroScan.
The subject of the agreement is the establishment of partnership and efficient and mutually beneficial cooperation for the development of technologies of unmanned aerial systems use in the energy, oil and gas, construction, forestry, agricultural, machine-building and utility industries of Russia. The agreement provides for the upgrade of VRT30 convertiplane for its effective operation in the climatic conditions of Eastern Siberia, the Far East and the Far North. VR-Technologies, in cooperation with KrasAeroScan, organized serial production of VRT30 UAS, as well as its warranty handling and maintenance.
"The agreement we signed today confirms the relevance of promising UAS and UAV developments for improving the quality of operations carried out with the help of drones, as well as for increasing their capacity. We welcome the cooperation with the leader of the Krasnoyarsk Krai in the field of engineering surveys carried out using UAVs so as to consolidate the expertise of two successful companies and create a product that the market definitely needs," said Director General of VR-Technologies Alexander Okhonko following the contract signing.
"Today, there are 18 areas on the UAV operation market. For successful market penetration, the product, first, should have a quality payload for remote sensing of the earth and, second, be a reliable aircraft that can operate in harsh climatic conditions. Very few companies are able to create a vertical take-off and landing UAV with a desired payload that can be used in the turbulent terrain, low temperatures and sudden wind gusts. VR-Technologies has all the resources to create such a UAV. KrasAeroScan, for its part, provides operating experience and request for specific technical conditions. Working with VR-Technologies, we hope to answer all challenges of the market," said Director General of KrasAeroScan Dmitry Chanchikov.
Under an open-ended agreement, the parties decided that it is possible to organize the experimental operation of the VRT30 convertiplane when implementing KrasAeroScan production programs. The areas of cooperation include engineering and geodetic surveying, control of cadastral land boundaries, forest fire monitoring, archaeological investigations, monitoring of infrastructure elements of different types, search and rescue, and other promising areas.
Cooperation that was agreed upon at MAKS airshow, involves joint work of both companies' experts on the design, manufacture, and testing of the VRT30 convertiplane, and development of scenarios for its use in the climatic conditions of Eastern Siberia, the Far East and the Far North.
About VRT: VR-Technologies is an innovation design office of Russian Helicopters Holding Company established in 2014 to offer competitive research and technical solutions in the helicopter industry.
About Russian Helicopters: JSC “Russian Helicopters”, a part of Rostec State Corporation, is a leading player in the global helicopter industry, the sole Russian designer and manufacturer of helicopters. The Holding Company was established in 2007 and is headquartered in Moscow. We operate five helicopter assembly plants, two design bureaus, component production and maintenance enterprises, aircraft repair plants and one helicopter service company providing after-sales support in Russia and abroad.
The customers of the Holding Company are the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Home Affairs, EMERCOM of Russia, and other state customers, Gazpromavia, UTair Aviation company, large Russian and foreign companies.