Russia and China working on new heavy copter
Russia and China are working on the design of a new heavy helicopter, according to an announcement at the close of the International “Innoprom”-2010 exhibition held in Yekaterinburg.
The design of the 30-ton copter is being done with the Chinese Avicopter company. The potential use of the helicopter is under study and the technical details are being coordinated. The next stage is to define the form of cooperation between the two countries in the realization of the project.
The Russian Helicopters Holding- a subsidiary of the “Oboronprom” corporation is in charge of production, marketing, modernization, after sale servicing and integrated backup of the military and civilian versions of the copter.
Andrei Shibiton, head of the Helicopters Holding says that Russia is working closely with China in the production of the Mi-26 type of copter, which has been awarded high marks by China during its participation in rescue work following the quake in Sichuan in May 2008.
"The helicopter will weigh between 30 and 35 tons, said Mr. Shibitov. Both sides will decide on its technical characteristics in the autumn of this year, taking into account whether it will be used by the military or a commercial company," said Andrei Shibiton.
Russia is the leading producer of heavy copters in the world, but according to Roman Kirillov, an official of the Helicopters Holding, the present global market for copters demands variety.
"In the next few years, the Helicopters Holding plans to produce a number of medium and light versions of copters, and it plans to hold on to its position on the world market for copters, especially in India, China, Africa and South East Asia, in which Russia is traditionally strong. At the Yekaterinburg Exhibition, the Holding displayed sketches of a wide range of helicopters under the concept of “Projects 2015, including the medium multipurpose Ka-62, planned to have a capacity for 12 passengers or 2.5 tons of cargo. Its mass production is scheduled to begin in 2014," said Roman Kirillov.