21 Aug 2013

Russia and China to make an extra-heavy helicopter

Russia and China to make an extra-heavy helicopter with the load capacity greater than that of Mi-26, the biggest one of its class.

According to Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin it is a new model helicopter. Mr. Rogozin who is in charge of the preparation for regular meetings of Russia and China heads of governments says that the Chinese part demand such other characteristics which differ from those of Mi-26.

“Now it is clear from which segment of heavy helicopters the Chinese party is interested in. The load capacity of such helicopter is almost two times greater than that of Mi-26”, Mr. Rogozin is quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

Mi-26 is the word’s biggest transport helicopter with a 20 ton payload.

“If the Chinese party wants to have a helicopter with characteristics that are significantly different from those of Mi-26, then it must be an extra-heavy helicopter and not Mi-26”, said Mr. Rogozin.

Dmitry Rogozin expressed hope that the extra-heavy helicopter project would be a success and didn’t want to agree with opinions of some skeptics who doubted that such helicopter would ever be in demand on the contemporary market.

He said that Chinese specialists are ready to discuss the joint project of developing and manufacturing an extra-heavy helicopter.

It should be noted that on Tuesday Mr. Rogozin met Mr. Van Yan, Vice Premier of the State Council of China and co-chairperson of the commission for the preparation for regular meetings of Russia and China heads of governments.

The Russian delegation was represented by deputy ministers from the ministry of regional development, the ministry of economic development, the ministry of transport, the ministry of agriculture and representatives of other ministries and departments.

Mi-26 is the word’s biggest multipurpose helicopter meant for transporting bulky cargoes both inside its cab and with its crane. This helicopter can be used also for evacuating the sick and injured and in rescue operations. It can transport a 20 ton cargo up to 400 km at an altitude of more than 1,500 m.

Russian Helicopters (a holding company) is the only developer and manufacturer of helicopters in Russia. It is also one of few companies in the world that has facilities for developing, manufacturing, testing and maintaining modern civil and military helicopters.