Russian Helicopters sees multirole market in China
Russian Helicopters is showcasing its latest light multirole helicopters – the Ka-226T and the Ansat – at ABACE this week. A light twin-engine multirole helicopter with coaxial main rotor, the Ka-226T is well suited for flights in mountainous and heavily built-up urban areas. The lack of a tail rotor and its compact size mean that the Ka-226T can land at small sites and can also operate in temperatures ranging from -50°С to +50°С. The Ka-226T, which does not need to be stored in a hangar, is designed for commercial operation and operation by law enforcement agencies. The Ansat light helicopter, on the other hand, can be used for cargo and passenger transport, in surveillance, search and rescue, fire-fighting and medevac operations. “We see excellent prospects for promoting our light helicopters in China now that low altitude airspace has been opened up for civil aviation,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev says. During ABACE, Russian Helicopters’ specialists will hold a series of working meetings with their regional partners to discuss the prospects for developing a maintenance and after-sales service system, and the sale of serially produced helicopters in China. The company is actively developing its after sales service and maintenance provision for Russian-made helicopters in the region, with particular emphasis on developing maintenance and repair centers that can offer full-life-cycle services to Russian-made commercial and military helicopters across China.