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Dubai Airshow 2017: Russian Helicopters eyes prospects in the Middle East

13th November 2017 - 08:11 GMT | by Helen Haxell in Dubai

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Russian Helicopters could gain a strong footprint in the Middle East as existing models stand ready to make their mark in the region, according to CEO Andrey Boginsky.

While there are no Russian Helicopters in the UAE presently, the company has customers in Iran and military customers in Egypt, Iraq and Jordan.

‘We have approximately 600 helicopters in use [across] the [markets of] North Africa and the Middle East but out of those 600 only 80 are single-engine helicopters,' Boginsky said at the Dubai Airshow.

‘That’s why from our understanding, we a see with our helicopter range… a huge potential to increase our market share in the region.'

Boginsky said the company would be furthering investment partnerships, which will see biannual meetings to discuss budgetary issues, forecasts and sales volume requirements.

Aircraft that could cement the company’s footprint further are the Ka-62, the Ansat and Kamov 226.

The Ka-62 made its official flight on 25 May this year and in December the second flight model will be ready while in the first quarter of 2018 there will be a third flight model.

Russian Helicopters is also developing a light helicopter that has now passed the second development stage. 

The aircraft’s component suppliers are now being approved and it will have a payload of 1,600kg. The certification of the aircraft is anticipated for 2021.

‘We are expanding the civil version of the Ansat and Kamov 226 and that [the latter model] is being tested in Pakistan.’

Boginsky explained that the aircraft is being tested in extreme temperatures and the Kamov 226 has passed high temperature and humidity condition testing.

An undisclosed customer In Iran is preparing to utilise the aircraft for medevac missions, according to Boginsky.

On 13 November the company will be signing a deal with an Indian company for a Mil Mi-17.

The company expects to produce more than 220 civil/military aircraft and Boginsky said Russian Helicopters was on target for this goal.

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