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Russian Helicopters' role in XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi

Sochi - Helicopters manufactured by Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will play an active role in providing security at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, which run from 7-23 February, and at the 2014 XI Paralympic Winter Games from 7-16 March. Helicopters will be used by the Russian Interior Ministry, the Federal Security Service, and the Russian Emergencies Ministry to monitor, carry out patrols, and provide security at the Games. If needed, they will be used for medevac and search and rescue operations.

“We are proud that our helicopters will play a key support role in these Games, a major sporting event that draws the attention of billions of people worldwide,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said. “Russian-made helicopters have been used in preparations for the Sochi Olympics, helping complete highly complex aspects of the construction work on Olympic venues. We are confident that Russian helicopters will become essential and efficient tools for state agencies involved in ensuring the comfort and safety of those people participating in and attending this event.”

Russian Helicopters launched preparation work for the Sochi Olympic Games back in September 2010. At that year's Hydroaviasalon exhibition, the company unveiled a new line of commercial helicopters that could be used in Olympics-related work. Specialists rated them very highly, and these helicopters were involved in preparation work for the Sochi Games.

Today, Russian-made helicopters are used in Sochi by virtually all state agencies involved in the event. The Emergencies Ministry's medical module-equipped medium Ka-32A11BC helicopter (this model has become the symbol of the Global Helicopter Firefighting Initiative) has been standing by at Sochi Olympic venues since October 2013. This type of helicopter, and Mi-8/17 series helicopters operated by the Emergencies Ministry chief directorate for the Krasnodar Territory, will also be standing by at Sochi, and if needed will be used to fight fires, monitor areas of the ski-slope at risk of avalanche, and carry out search and rescue or medevac operations.

The helicopters are based at Sochi airport and Krasnaya Polyana’s helipad. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Southern Federal District is using Mi-8/17 and Ka-226 helicopters to support police operations such as patrols and surveillance. The light Ka-226 with its coaxial rotor design is ideally suited for work in urban areas, it boasts a low noise level, is very environmentally friendly and can land in small spaces not designed as helicopter landing sites.

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Southern Federal District, tasked with ensuring security at the games, is using specially-equipped Ka-226 helicopters fitted with additional surveillance and observation equipment, as well as Mi-8/17 helicopters.

Multirole Mi-8/17 helicopters, primarily intended for cargo and passenger transport, are also being used by commercial operators in Sochi. For example, UTair was involved in the construction of Olympic facilities in Krasnaya Polyana. Mi-8AMT and Ka-32 helicopters with external slings have been used to transport loads, in various kinds of construction work on the cableways and other ski resort infrastructure, and also in work to assemble special cannons for use in areas at risk of avalanche.

The Mi-26T heavy transport helicopter is used by PANH Helicopters on complex construction and assembly work in difficult-to-access areas. It transported heavy cargo and equipment to high altitudes, carried bulky loads weighing up to 20 tonnes, including electric transfomers and generators that will ensure Olympic facilities enjoy an uninterrupted electricity supply.

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 after-sales 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.

OBORONPROM Corporation is a multi-profile industrial and investment group, a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. Its main tasks include: helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters) and engine-building (United Engine Corporation).

Rostekhnologii State Corporation (Rostec) is a Russian corporation established in 2007 in order to facilitate the development, manufacturing and export of high-technology industrial products of military and civil purposes. Today it comprises over 663 companies, which form 8 military-industrial and 5 civil industry holdings. Rostec’s subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of Russia and supply their products to over 70 countries worldwide. In 2012 revenues of the Corporation amounted to RUB 931 billion, net profits were RUB 38.5 billion and total taxation exceeded RUB 109 billion.

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