“We can safely say that in the coming years, the dependence of the Russian helicopter industry on the supply of foreign products will be minimized,” the general director said at the air show opened in Dubai.
He recalled that at the end of 2014, the first Mi-8AMTSH-B was built using Russian components.
“In order to reduce dependence on foreign suppliers, all Mi-8AMTSH-V helicopters are equipped with modern Russian equipment, including the Klimov VK-2500 engines, TA-14 auxiliary power units produced by NPP Aerosila,” said Mikheev.
“The Russian-made BMS satellite navigation system installed on the Mi-8AMTSH-B can work with both the domestic GLONASS system and foreign GPS,” he noted. “A modern communications system, also made in Russia, is provided by the helicopter’s crew with high-quality communications in a wide frequency range.”
According to him, “the implementation of the import substitution program should not be taken as a refusal of Russian enterprises to cooperate with foreign companies in the development and production of high-tech products.”
“In particular, the holding“ Helicopters of Russia ”continues to successfully cooperate with organizations from China and India, as well as with European companies. We are not going to “close” in ourselves and are always ready for constructive and mutually beneficial cooperation with partners from any countries, ”said the general director.
“In general, the implementation of the import substitution program, if we talk about helicopter technology, clearly showed that industry and Russian specialists can offer not only competitive products, but also samples that excel foreign analogues in their characteristics and technical solutions”- stated Mikheev.