Russian Helicopters to scale up commercial production

Ansat Russian light helicopter Russian Helicopters has an order book for more than 500 helicopters, and looking to produce 45 of its newest Ansat light helicopters this year (ATO.ru)

Russian Helicopters is expecting to deliver some 220 helicopters in 2018, including 45 of its newest Ansat light helicopters, Andrey Boginsky, the company’s chief executive has told ATO Show Observer, Russian Aviation Insider’s sister publication.

That figure is slightly more than in 2017, when the sole Russian rotorcraft designer and manufacturer successfully shipped a total 214 vehicles to its customers.

According to Boginsky, the company’s revenues grew to 229 billion rubles (about $3.7 billion) last year and the net profit was about 27 billion rubles (US$436 million), a performance that allowed the manufacturer to meet all its financial expectations.

There has been a remarkable change in the business’s order backlog structure, the top manager points out. Military deliveries are declining, thus increasing the share of commercial products. Russian Helicopters expects to assemble about 80 rotorcraft for the needs of Russian and foreign military customers which will comprise less than 40 per cent of the overall output. The company is also looking to produce about 45 of its newest Ansat light helicopters.

In order to grow its share in the commercial sector, the manufacturer is co-operating closely with Rosaviatsia, the Russian Air Transport Agency, on product certification processes in a bid to accelerate and streamline sales to Russian and foreign helicopter operators.

Headquartered in Moscow, Russian Helicopters is part of state corporation Rostec.

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