On the opening day of the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS 2013), Russian Helicopters advanced its relationship with engine manufacturer Turbomeca and took an order for five Kamov Ka-62s and five Mil Mi-171A1s. The event runs from August 27 until September 1 near Moscow, featuring more than 850 participating companies.
Rendering of a Kamov Ka-62 in the colors of Russian operator UTair. Photos courtesy of Russian Helicopters
Turbomeca has inked a memorandum of understanding with Russian Helicopters to establish an engine maintenance center for the Ka-226T and Ka-62, which receive power from the 700 to 800-shp-class Arrius 2G1 and 1,750 to 2,000-shp-class Ardiden 3G, respectively. The agreement allows Russian Helicopters to supply Level 1 and Level 2 maintenance for Ka-62 and Ka-226T operators in Russia. According to the companies, the maintenance center is one element of a “global common support strategy.” Turbomeca has also appointed Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UWCA) to serve as a repair and overhaul facility for the engines.
Russian Helicopters Mi-171A1.
Vertical de Aviacion of Colombia placed the order for 10 from Russian Helicopters. The five Mi-171A1s are intended for cargo and passenger flights in Mexico, while the five Ka-62s are marked for service in the Colombia’s oil and gas industry. Russian Helicopters plans to initiate deliveries of the Mi-171s in 2015, with handover of the Ka-62 projected for 2016.
The two companies also plan to team on Mi-171A certification in Mexico and Ka-62 regulatory approval in Colombia. Bogota-based Vertical de Aviacion, which operates 30 Mi-17s, was involved in the 2012 effort to certify the Mi-171A in Colombia.
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Kamov Ka-62, which receives power from Turbomeca's Ardiden 3G.