Three companies have signed a tripartite agreement on strategic partnership: state corporation Rostec, Italian industrial group Finmeccanica and the Rosneft oil company. Under the agreement, the HeliVert plant near Moscow, a joint enterprise between Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland and Rostec’s Russian Helicopters, will begin producing medium commercial AW189 helicopters for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
The agreement was signed by Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov, Finmeccanica Group head Mauro Moretti and Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin.
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Rosneft is joining the project as a new partner, and is slated to be the first customer for the AW189. By 2025, HeliVert is due to produce and deliver 160 helicopters to Rosneft. In a preliminary phase, a batch of two AW189s followed by eight more will be delivered, giving the operator time to familiarize itself with the new technology and allowing appropriate infrastructures to take shape for when Rosneft is ready for full-scale operations.
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Launching the assembly of AW189s is another major project slated for implementation at HeliVert. Since June 2012, the joint venture has been assembling medium twin-engine AW139s with a takeoff weight of 6,300/6,800 kg. In December 2012, the first Russian-made AW139 completed its maiden flight. In fall of 2014, Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland announced completion of an AW139 maintenance and repair center. Today, the center offers comprehensive maintenance and repair services to various models of medium AW139s made in Russia and Italy.
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