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Russian Helicopters drives rotorcraft industry modernization

Moscow - Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, is continuing to modernize its production capacity under the Federal Targeted Programme Developing the Military Industrial Complex in the Russian Federation 2011-2020.

In this latest phase of modernization, the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, a Russian Helicopters company, is launching a programme to re-tool and upgrade its production facilities. The first stage involves modernizing and expanding production of protective coatings.

“Project development on this started in 2013, due to the need to upgrade the technical equipment at the Plant in order to increase efficiency and to ensure the products made were of the highest possible quality,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said. “This technological upgrade will see the plant equipped with the necessary technological resources to launch serial production of our new multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter.”

­Launching protective coating production involves the comprehensive modernization of key parts of the manufacturing process, such as chemical processing and the application of chemical, electro-chemical and paint coatings on helicopter components. Project implementation will involve re-tooling the plant’s production base, purchasing and installing technological and auxiliary equipment, and carrying out design and survey work. This will optimize processes, reduce load flow, implement the latest technical control parameters, and improve environmental safety levels.

This complex technological modernization programme has been underway at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant for 5 years. The purchase and installation of Russian and Western-made new generation production equipment has been ongoing since 2009. Over 2.5 billion roubles have been channeled into this over the 2009-2013 periods.

Modernizing production is a priority development area for Russian Helicopters. Russian Helicopters started implementing this project in late 2008, and has invested significant resources in achieving this goal. In the first six months of 2013, the holding's capital outlay on modernization rose 46.7% on the same period the previous year to reach 8.3 billion roubles. Of this sum, 4.3 billion roubles were dedicated to modernizing production.

Russian Helicopters' key projects in this area include establishing a specialized machine processing center at the Kazan Helicopters helicopter factory, re-tooling the Reductor-PM component manufacturing facility in Perm, building a unique casting center at the Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company in the Far East, as well as upgrading the technological resource base and opening new dynamic laboratory testing and anodizing facilities at the Rosvertol helicopter facility at Rostov on Don.

In total, in 2013, Russian Helicopters holdings installed over 800 new pieces of machinery and carried out about 100 initiatives aimed at making us more eco-friendly and improving safety.

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, JSC – is a Russian Helicopters company. The plant’s modern manufacturing and technological capacities enables it to rapidly launch production of new aircraft types and combine the manufacture of prototypes and serial production. In the plant’s 70-year history it has produced 8,000 aircraft. Today it specializes in producing the Mi-171, Mi-171A1, and Mi-171Sh helicopters.

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 sale 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 Defense, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and 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).

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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