Russian State Corporation Rostec has presented T-500A aircraft with flotation landing gear for water deployment at the Hydroaviasalon-2018 exhibition. This modification can be used to carry out patrol and search and rescue operations in coastal areas, as well as for cargo delivery.
With the flotation landing gear, the T-500A has significantly increased the area and geography of its use. No runways are required in order to operate the new modification of the lightweight all-composite aircraft which can be based on water aerodromes, river and sea ports. Thanks to the technologies used when forming the glider, the machine can be operated in any climate.
“It is a modern multi-functional glider, which can be used for performing a wide range of tasks, such as search and rescue operations for detecting casualties and delivering rescue equipment and medications, delivering various cargoes from mail to urgent cargo, and patrolling coastal and remote areas. At the same time it’s a universal aircraft – its flotation landing gear can be quickly replaced with wheel or ski gear if needed,” said Industrial Director of Rostec Sergey Abramov.
The T-500A is a modification of the T-500 specialized aircraft for aerial chemical works. The project is implemented by ORPE Technologiya named after A.G. Romashin (part of RT-Chemcomposite Holding Company of Rostec State Corporation) together with MVEN Company (Republic of Tatarstan).
“The T-500 project has great potential. There is a demand for low-maintenance, efficient machines, and not only in agriculture. For example, aircraft such as the T-500A are required by the EMERCOM, and environmental and security services. We plan to continue developing the line of T-500 aircraft,” noticed Andrei Silkin, Director General of ORPE Technologiya.
ORPE Technologiya is manufacturing the T-500 aircraft as part of its strategy to increase the volume of civilian products. In 2017, the share of the company's revenue from sales of civilian products amounted to 19.7%. By 2025, the company plans to increase this figure to 37.4% with the manufacture of the T-500, as well as the introduction of new products to the market.