28 Apr 2015

Russian Helicopters to develop civilian helicopters together with China


Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Vice Premier of the State Council of China Wang Yang met in Hangzhou for talks. The Russian delegation also included Alexander Mikheev, CEO of the  Russian Helicopters holding, which is part of the Rostec Corporation.

The talks were held in preparation for the next meeting of the heads of Russia and China. The sides discussed issues of cooperation on the development of the Far Eastern region of Russia, agricultural trade, the construction of bridges in the border region, as well as cooperation in the fields of civil aviation and airplane construction.

Alexander Mikheev, CEO of the Russian Helicopters holding, discussed the joint development of the Advanced Heavy-Lifter (AHL) civilian helicopter project with partners from the Chinese corporation AVIC and the Avicopter company.

China is well aware of our helicopters, which are robust, unpretentious, easy to operate and very effective.


The head of the holding company said that cooperation with China has lasted for dozens of years. Alexander Mikheev noted: "They are very well aware of our helicopters here. They are robust, unpretentious, easy to operate and very effective. In recent years, they have proven to be the only means of assisting and rescuing people in emergency situations in different regions of China. Chinese authorities and flight operators have highly praised the performance of Russian aircraft. We know that China is considering plans to expand the presence of Russian-made helicopters in the country's helicopter fleet".

At this time, Russian Helicopters is conducting several large-scale projects, which include not only the delivery of new technology to China, but also the development of the services and even the joint development of heavy-lift helicopters.

Russian Helicopters participates in the work of the intergovernmental Russian-Chinese commission on various aspects of international cooperation on a regular basis. Participation in such events became more significant for the holding after it obtained the right to conduct foreign trade in military products. The granted right applies to the supply of spare parts and accessories, technical documentation, special, training and auxiliary equipment for military helicopters produced in Russia, as well as maintenance, repair, and modernization services, etc.

Russian Helicopters may now also cooperate with foreign customers in the organization of enterprises engaged in servicing military helicopters and may also create and equip such facilities in other countries. At the same time the holding company is allowed to import military equipment that is required for its own production.

Today Russian Helicopters supplies China with multipurpose Ka-32A11BC and Mi-8/17 as well as heavy transport Mi-26TC helicopters. The issue of whether the light Ka-226T helicopter should be promoted is being reviewed. Cooperation with China began in the mid-twentieth century when the Mi-1 models were first mass produced, and Mi-4 helicopters were already being assembled under license at Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) under the designation Harbin Z-5. The heavy Mi-6, which today has been replaced by the Mi-26TC, was operated in China in addition to these models. In the near future, Russian Helicopters is set to deliver four new Ka-32A11BC helicopters to China and to train aircraft maintenance personnel.