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Italy and Russia will develop a new lightweight helicopter

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Italy and Russia will develop a new lightweight helicopter

The Russian Helicopters holding company and the Italian company AgustaWestland will conclude an agreement on the development and promotion of a joint 2,5-ton light helicopter at the upcoming Moscow 2013 aerospace show, reports 14 August in aviationweek.com.


Both companies will sign the main documents related to the development and their own shares in the new project, said Dmitry Petrov, Director General of the Russian Helicopters holding company, speaking to reporters in Moscow on August 13. The conclusion of the agreement will take place at the end of this year.

The program was announced in 2012 at the International Exhibition in Farnborough (Great Britain), but then both sides remained silent. Petrov said the new helicopter will be certified by the European Agency aviation security by the end of 2016. He also said that an engineering model of the machine was built, but did not provide detailed information about the design and configuration of a promising helicopter.

Helicopters of Russia and AgustaWestland created a HeliVert joint venture in Tomilino near Moscow, where the final assembly of the AW139 medium helicopter was organized. The first co-production helicopter (top photo) took off in January 2012 of the year.

Gas turbine single-engine light-class helicopters have long been in demand in Russia. The Helicopters of Russia holding company is making efforts to promote Western helicopters of this class in the domestic market. Light helicopter Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil won a significant share of the market of the post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), also offered for use by the Russian Air Force as a light training machine (bottom photo - negotiations were held on the supply of 200 machines of this type as training and connected ones). "). Other foreign manufacturers, in particular, the American company Bell, are showing interest in this market for light single-engine helicopters.

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  1. SmacXnumx
    SmacXnumx 19 August 2013 09: 47 New
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    Good news, more helicopters are good and different!
    1. Dr. Pilyulkin
      Dr. Pilyulkin 19 August 2013 09: 53 New
      +6
      Quote: Smac111
      The good news

      I wonder why is she so good?
      We survived, we can’t do the helicopter ourselves.
      And we already passed cooperation with Italians. On the example of the Yak-130. I have not heard anything positive about this experience.
      1. avt
        avt 19 August 2013 10: 01 New
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        Quote: Dr. Pillkin
        I wonder why is she so good?

        But as with the gunners - a shot, the rollback is normal. laughing
        1. Airman
          Airman 19 August 2013 20: 42 New
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          Quote: avt

          But as with the gunners - a shot, the rollback is normal. laughing

          Yes, the kickbacks will be stunning, and then it will be like with a superjet, dozens of cars for billionaires will make it, and everything will stall. You need to make a helicopter yourself, so that you don’t depend on anyone, but you just need to look for new Miles and Kamovs before they go abroad.
      2. ayyildiz
        ayyildiz 19 August 2013 21: 00 New
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        Quote: Dr. Pillkin
        And we already passed cooperation with Italians. For example, the Yak-130.


        But doesn’t the YAK-130 fly? Expenses were by gender!
  2. Sochi
    Sochi 19 August 2013 09: 49 New
    +7
    Well, well ... The joint development of the Yak-Xnumx taught nothing? I would be glad to make a mistake, But it seems to me that the school of helicopter engineering will be bigger, you just need to attract and pay young specialists with dignity ...
    1. svp67
      svp67 19 August 2013 09: 54 New
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      Quote: Sochi
      Well, well ... The joint development of the Yak-Xnumx taught nothing? I would be glad to make a mistake, But it seems to me that the school of helicopter engineering will be bigger, you just need to attract and pay young specialists with dignity ...

      I agree, but it is not superfluous to get acquainted with the experience of the "neighbors". Here is the story with "Iveco" led to the emergence of a whole "brood" of armored vehicles of domestic production, I hope this will have a similar result ...
      1. Sochi
        Sochi 19 August 2013 10: 22 New
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        Well, except to push our ...
  3. avt
    avt 19 August 2013 09: 55 New
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    Quote: Sochi
    Well, well ... The joint development of the Yak-130 did not teach anything? I would be glad to make a mistake, But it seems to me that the helicopter school will be bigger,

    Here the situation is different, there they just bought a plane for a cheap price and got in with it the first on the world market, competing with Yak. Well, here, through the joint venture of the screwdriver assembly of a reliable, but old Mongoose, they climb into the Russian domestic market of light helicopters. ---- ,, The light helicopter Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil has won a significant share of the market of the post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), it is also offered for service with the Russian Air Force as a light training vehicle (bottom photo - negotiations were underway to supply 200 machines of this type as training and connected - approx. "VP"). Other foreign manufacturers, in particular, the American company Bell, are also showing interest in this market for light single-engine helicopters. "
    1. Sochi
      Sochi 19 August 2013 10: 28 New
      +2
      now, that’s exactly what we are facing in the joint projects alone thieves ... They will steal ours, and then they will throw us.
  4. Corsair
    Corsair 19 August 2013 09: 56 New
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    "Let's shake" - we'll see ... There was already an example of cooperation between Alenia Aermacchi and Yakovlev Design Bureau, the result of which was not a joint project, but two different (albeit with common roots) aircraft - Aermacchi M 346 and Yak-130.
  5. Ragnarek
    Ragnarek 19 August 2013 09: 59 New
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    step on cooperation in my opinion is more political than economic. although adopting something from a well-known helicopter manufacturing company also does not hurt.
    1. avt
      avt 19 August 2013 11: 33 New
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      Quote: Ragnarek
      step on cooperation in my opinion is more political than economic. although adopting something from a well-known helicopter manufacturing company also does not hurt.

      As it is doubtful. Judge for yourself - we take from them an almost ready-made helicopter with a screwdriver, and underground workshops for their assembly were in the Toldomsky district of the Moscow region back in the 90s, now Mongoose is officially made for the rich and servants, but for the bulk of businessmen it is too big and expensive, and Robinson is small , so this proposal appeared. In principle, yes and x .. the phalos is with them, but it is scary that for the "payback" of the project they want to transfer military schools to them. And in this regard, the question arises - will it be necessary later one type of helicopters for the subsequent retraining from them to our combat helicopters? I don’t know, but can anyone from the knowledgeable spotlight the question?
  6. Naval
    Naval 19 August 2013 10: 11 New
    +1
    To enter the international markets, certification of an aircraft is required, which is not so easy to pass. And through Italian partners it will be much easier to go through the bureaucracy of registration departments. I judge. True, in shipbuilding, which is closer to me, but it’s much easier to go through the national registers of a ship built over a hill.
    1. avt
      avt 19 August 2013 11: 21 New
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      Quote: Naval
      To enter the international markets, certification of an aircraft is required, which is not so easy to pass. And through Italian partners it will be much easier to go through the bureaucracy of registration departments

      Yah ?! But then, how was it certified during the Ka-26 in the United States of America?
  7. vladsolo56
    vladsolo56 19 August 2013 10: 18 New
    +3
    In the event of any conflict or simply disagreement, Italians will be able to release that joint project, but Russia will wipe it off.
  8. Metlik
    Metlik 19 August 2013 10: 38 New
    +3
    Foreigners will break the railway line, just to get into our market.
  9. Yuri Y.
    Yuri Y. 19 August 2013 19: 00 New
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    Quote: Metlik
    Foreigners will break the railway line, just to get into our market.

    In principle, I agree, but our last light helicopter was MI-2. We need to do something already.
  10. avt
    avt 19 August 2013 19: 18 New
    +1
    Quote: Yuri Ya.
    In principle, I agree, but our last light helicopter was MI-2. We need to do something already.

    Mi-34, Ka - 226, Ansat, here's another private traders bungled something like Robinson. Instead of Mongoose - Ka -60/62.
  11. alone
    alone 19 August 2013 20: 52 New
    +3
    Russia has everything to make a variety of helicopters. It’s just that some people want to make a lot of money. Why spend money on design and production? I got a bribe, organized an assembly workshop and the helicopter is ready. The result is a foreign helicopter, sold by foreigners, profit for foreigners, stuffed pockets of officials .a the fact that the national helicopter industry benefits zero-such officials are on the drum

    P.S. By the way, ours bought from you MI-17 of various modifications, MI-35M and KA-32S. There are no complaints to helicopters. Your helicopters are super