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    The newest Kamov Ka-62 helicopter has conducted its first flight in Russia. It is equipped with a French-made engine. According to RFI, French manufacturers managed to bypass anti-Russian sanctions, stressing that the helicopter is for non-military purposes.

    Despite its great importance, this event was not covered broadly in media, RFI reported. On April 28, the newest Ka-62 helicopter made its maiden flight.

    The Ka-62 is equipped with the Ardiden 3G engine produced by French company Turbomeca.

    "This is a very important event for our country," Alexander Mikheev, CEO of Russian Helicopters Corporation, underscored.

    According to documents, the Ka-62 is a helicopter for civil purposes, which is expected to carry passengers to oil-drilling platforms in the sea. The non-military use of the helicopter let the French company bypass the anti-Russia sanction regime and deliver engines to Russia.

    "This is a civil technology, for a civil helicopter," an industrial source told RFI.

    International sanctions against Moscow were introduced by the US and European countries over the Ukrainian crisis. They include not only Russian banks and individuals, but also presume suspension of technical cooperation with Russia, including selling military-designed materials and details to Moscow.

    The sanctions sparked concerns in the sphere of aerospace cooperation between Paris and Moscow. The two countries had joint projects in the fields. The sanctions affected two, including cooperation on engines and cooperation in space. However, France has kept working with Russia.

    According to analysts, as a result, sanctions have not significantly affected exports, which in 2015 reached €39 billion. Despite tensions between Russia and the West, Turbomeca has been delivering its motors for the Ka-62.

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