Over 150 Rus­sian-made he­li­copters in UN peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions

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Over 150 Rus­sian-made he­li­copters are cur­rently in­volved in UN hu­man­i­tar­ian and peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions around the world. Speak­ing at the Rus­sian Hour con­fer­ence at HeliExpo 2014 in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia, United States, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Rus­sian He­li­copters, and commercial avi­a­tion firms UTair, PANH He­li­copters and Ukrainian He­li­copters dis­cussed their pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence of co­op­er­a­tion in this area.

“The ex­ten­sive use of Rus­sian-made he­li­copters in UN mis­sions is fur­ther tes­ti­mony to the unique ca­pa­bil­i­ties of our tech­nol­ogy,” Rus­sian He­li­copters CEO Alexan­der Mikheev said. “Rus­sian he­li­copters are un­matched on hu­man­i­tar­ian and peace­keep­ing mis­sions. I am con­fi­dent that the new tech­nolo­gies we are cur­rently work­ing to de­velop will also be­come ef­fec­tive in­stru­ments for UN mis­sions.”

“UTair he­li­copters have played an ac­tive role in air trans­port sup­port for UN mis­sions since the early 1990s,” UTair He­li­copter Ser­vices Pres­i­dent Alexei Vino­gradov said. “Over this time a great wealth of pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence in us­ing Rus­sian-made he­li­copters has been amassed.”

“The he­li­copters are ideally suited to a di­verse range of op­er­a­tions, from UN sup­port mis­sions, pas­sen­ger trans­port, ob­ser­va­tion and mon­i­tor­ing, SAR and mede­vac op­er­a­tions, and sup­port for spe­cial po­lice units.”

“Our he­li­copters are op­er­ated un­der UN con­tracts in the most chal­leng­ing cli­mates, in places where there is a wide tem­per­a­ture range, in dust storms and heavy down­pours, in moun­tain­ous ter­rain, and land­ing on un­pre­pared ground,” First Deputy Gen­eral Di­rec­tor of PANH He­li­copters Alexei Sko­rikov said. “Nonethe­less, Rus­sian he­li­copters are recog­nised world over for their reli- abil­ity and the high-qual­ity of our flight and en­gi­neer­ing teams, all of which en­able us to com­plete these com­plex mis­sions. We also ac­tively co­op­er­ate with Rus­sian He­li­copters on mod­ernising our he­li­copters, up­dat­ing their avion­ics in line with the par­tic­u­lar de­mands placed on us by the spe­cific ar­eas in which we op­er­ate.”

To­day a wide range of Rus­sian-made he­li­copter mod­els carry out UN mis­sions. They in­clude those in the Mi-8/17 fam­ily, the world’s heav­i­est-lift­ing Mi-26(T), and multi-role Ka-32 type he­li­copters. They take part in UN mis­sions in a range of cli­mates and en­vi­ron­ments across the world, from Afghanistan, South Sudan, So­ma­lia, East Ti­mor and coun­tries across Africa. Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, Rus­sian He­li­copters also un­veiled new de­vel­op­ments that in­cor­po­rate the lat­est mod­ern tech­nolo­gies and build on ex­pe­ri­ence us­ing he­li­copters on UN mis­sions. Rus­sian Hour par­tic­i­pants had the op­por­tu­nity to hear about new he­li­copters, such as the medium multi-role Mi-171A2 and trans­port and pas­sen­ger Mi-38. SP

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