Last week Russian Helicopters invited Rotor & Wing to tour the Rostvertol factory in Rostov on Don. The tour included the production line for the Mi-35M and Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters, as well as a line refurbishing a couple of Mi-26s, the world’s biggest helicopter.
The tour began at the workshop where metal components are galvanized – a huge, hot building considering the outside temperature can climbed above 30°C. We proceeded to the outdoor museum with M-1, Mi-6 and Mi-10 helicopters – the latter with a control cabin situated under the main cockpit that was used to manage heavy underslung loads.
Assembly line at the Rostvertol plant. Photos by Andrew Drwiega
The tour continued with a walk through the blade manufacturing workshop, which included one of the latest machines owned by Rostvertol to create composite rotor blades.
The conclusion took us through the assembly line of the Mi-35, Mi-28N and Mi-26 lines where aircraft were at various stages of manufacture or, in the case of the Mi-26s, overhaul and refurbishment (not conversion to the new Mi-26T which should be available from 2014).
Read the full story in the October 2013 issue of Rotor & Wing.
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