Russian helicopter builders to become independent from foreign partners in 2014

ZHUKOVSKY, Moscow region, August 16 (Itar-Tass) — Russian manufacturers of helicopter engines will stop being dependent on Ukrainian parts in 2014, Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told Itar-Tass at the MAKS 2011 international aerospace show on Tuesday.

The Klimov Company will start serial production of TV3-117/VK-2500 engines of Russian-made parts only in St. Petersburg in 2013, he said. The deliveries of fully Russian helicopter engines may begin next year.

Manturov noted that cooperation with Ukraine’s Motor Sich Company would continue.

The first day of MAKS 2011 in Zhukovsky near Moscow was dedicated to Russian helicopters.

The Russian Helicopters Holding presents eleven helicopters outdoors and another two in a pavilion. Besides, new products of the holding are on display at the Russian Defense Ministry stand, which presents 17 planes and helicopters.

The Russian Defense Ministry presents aircraft and missile systems at the MAKS 2011 international aerospace show in Zhukovsky, the ministry’s press service told Itar-Tass.

Seventeen aircraft of the Russian Air Force, among them Tupolev Tu-160 and Tu-95MS, Ilyushin Il-76MD-90, Mikoyan MiG-29SMT, Yakovlev Yak-130 and helicopters Mil Mi-8MTSh, Mi-26 and Mi-28, Kamov Ka-52 and Ansat, are on display. Sukhoi Company presents Su-27SM, Su-30M2, Su-34, Su-35 and Su-25SM, as well as the fifth-generation fighter jet.

An experimental model of the heavy transport helicopter Mil Mi-26T2 will make its premiere. It has a new avionics set and a more powerful engine with a digital control system.

Air Force aerobatic teams – Russian Falcons, Russian Knights and Swifts – are taking part in the show, as well.

Almaz-Antei Concern presents over 20 samples of armaments, military hardware and civilian products. There is a broad range of anti-aircraft missile systems, among them S-300, Buk-M2E and Tor-M2K, a 3-D radar station and other armaments.

The Russian aerospace industry presents models of the prospective medium rocket carrier with the enhanced lifting capacity, which will be launched from the Vostochny spaceport, and the prospective manned spaceship.

“Visitors will see the newest light helicopters Mil Mi-44S1, Kamov Ka-226T and Ansat, medium helicopter Kamov Ka-32A11VS, new modernized super-heavy Mil Mi-26T2, combat helicopters Kamov Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ and Mil Mi-28N ‘Night Hunter’ and other modern helicopters,” Oboronprom General Director Andrei Reus said.

He singled out the light Kamov Ka-226T with a U.S.-made medical module inside. “The Russian Helicopters Holding built this helicopter for broadening medical aid in emergency situations. Rescuers have taken an interest in this product,” Reus said.

More than 800 companies and organizations from 40 states are taking part in MAKS 2011.

More than 200 aircraft will be displayed at MAKS, and over 100 of them will take part in show flights from the airfield of the Gromov Flight Research Institute.

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