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Russian Helicopters to Create Medevac Light Utility Prototype by 2019

By R&WI Staff | April 23, 2018
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Russian Helicopters VRT 500

VRT 500 prototype mock up. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters will produce a prototype for its planned light utility helicopter, called VRT500 and designed by VR-Technologies design bureau, by the end of 2019, the manufacturer said.

According to a company press release, strength tests for the helicopter's rotor system are now underway. Russian Helicopters said VR-Technologies will begin aerodynamic tests in the near term. The plan for the aircraft had first been announced at MAKS 2017 in July.

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The helicopter is expected to be supplied in the following configurations: passenger, utility, cargo, training, VIP and medevac.

The manufacturer said the VRT500 would be the first medevac helicopter with a maximum takeoff weight of two tons.

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