Last week, the sixth international salon of helicopters HeliRussia was held in Moscow. The scale of this exhibition is growing year by year, although this does not appear in all areas. For example, this year 205 companies from 18 countries (including Russian 165) took part in the exhibition - only four firms more than participated in HeliRussua-2012. However, even with such a small increase in the number of participants, the salon continues to grow. For example, this year the event was held in two halls of the Crocus Expo exhibition center, and not in one, as it was before.
Perhaps one of the highlights of the last exhibition is the opening of the first heliport. “Russian Helicopter Systems” together with “Helicopters of Russia” 17 of May opened the country's first mini-airport, designed to receive helicopters. This heliport is located on the roof of the exhibition center and has everything you need to complete the work: it has landing areas, a waiting room, a reception and even a search area. In the opened heliport, there is already its own helicopter taxi service, and in addition it is ready to accept equipment from other airlines.
The exhibition was attended by a rather interesting exhibit - the Ka-226T helicopter of the Ministry of Emergency Situations. This machine is interesting in that it became the first production helicopter of this model. Not so long ago, the factory tests of this helicopter ended, and a few days before the exhibition began, it was handed over to EMERCOM aviators. The Ka-226T helicopter continues the previously laid ideology of the rotary-wing machine with modular equipment. Thus, the sample presented at the exhibition is equipped with a special cabin with medical equipment. At the end of the exhibition, the first serial Ka-226T went to its division of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in Kazan.
Helicopter Ka-226T EMERCOM of Russia
It is noteworthy that more than one medical helicopter was demonstrated on HeliRussia-2013. Eurocopter has also shown a machine of this destination. Not far from the Ka-226T in the same exhibition hall stood EC145 with characteristic orange-blue stripes on the sides, also owned by the Russian Emergencies Ministry. This car has been used by Moscow rescuers for several years and during its career managed to deliver to the hospital many victims of road accidents and other incidents.
Another full-size exhibit from European helicopter builders was the new Eurocopter EC130 T2. During modernization, this passenger helicopter received new Turbomecca Ariel 2D engines and a number of design changes. As a result, the EC130 T2 has become one of the quietest helicopters in the world. The advantage in the form of low noise of engines and screws is actively used by the manufacturer for promotional purposes. Eurocopter expects that the quiet EC130 T2 will appeal to those carriers who have to maintain helicopter lines over or near settlements.
Eurocopter EC130 T2
Foreign helicopter builders have already understood the prospects of the Russian market and therefore are trying in every way to attract customers from Russia. Thus, the official representative of the American company Bell Helicopter Textron in Russia - the company Jet Transfer - has signed a contract with the Russian Transas. According to this document, the Bell 407 and Bell 429 helicopters supplied to Russia will be equipped with navigation equipment compatible with two satellite systems: GPS and GLONASS. Thus, firms are going to increase the prospects of Bell helicopters on the Russian market. It is worth noting that one of those helicopters that affect the terms of contracts, was present in the exhibition. In the HeliRussia-2013 showroom, Jet Transfer showed the Bell 407 rotary-wing machine.
Helicopter Well 429
Italian company AgustaWestland together with Russian Helicopters demonstrated the AW139 helicopter at HeliRussia. This car is not a novelty - ten years have passed since the beginning of its operation. Nevertheless, the specimen shown at the exhibition is of great interest. The fact is that it became the first helicopter of this type, assembled not in Italy, but in Russia, at the HeliVert plant. The assembly of AW139 at the joint venture of Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland in Tomilino near Moscow began last year and there are already contracts for the production of four dozen helicopters, the first of which recently left the shop. Probably, in the future, the order portfolio of HeliWert will increase. It is also impossible to rule out such a development in which Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland agree to build other types of helicopters.
While some foreign manufacturers of helicopters are trying to divide the market for new equipment, others rely on helicopters that are already in operation. For example, the Ukrainian company Motor Sich presented its project of SME-2, which in fact represents a deep modernization of the Soviet Mi-2 helicopter. At one time, it was built almost on the heels of a half thousand Mi-2, but now the number of used machines of this model is only a few percent of their total number. The MSB-2 helicopter is expected to be equipped with two new AI-450M engines with an 465 horsepower that will give a significant increase in flight performance. In addition, during the modernization of the Mi-2 received a number of major design changes, as well as new radio-electronic equipment. According to the director general of Motor Sich V. Boguslaev, MSB-2 is a completely new helicopter for which the Mi-2 became only a prototype.
Mi-2MSB2 MOTOR SICH
To date, the scale of the international exhibition HeliRussia has become one of the largest such events helicopter focus. Admittedly, at the Moscow salon, multimillion-dollar contracts for the supply of equipment are not signed yet, but it has already become a popular platform for displaying its developments and their promotion to the market. The exposition of last week’s exhibition was not limited to the helicopters described above. Also, a large number of commercial proposals were presented in the form of booklets, leaflets and other promotional materials. Probably in the future at the HeliRussia exhibition there will be even more helicopters, other exhibition samples and advertising. But this assumption can be checked only in a year, at the international salon HeliRussia-2014.
Light multipurpose helicopter ANSAT
Eurocopter EC130 T2
AgustaWestland AW139 twin-engine multipurpose helicopter
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