Indonesian delegation visits Kazan plant of Russian Helicopters

April 11, 2015

Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov and a delegation from Indonesia headed by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Sofyan Djalil visited Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company (part of State Corporation Rostec), on 9 April.

The delegation was met by Interim President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and Deputy CEO of Russian Helicopters, CEO of Kazan Helicopters Vadim Ligai. In his welcome address, he said “Russian Helicopters and Kazan Helicopters are continuously seeking to expand cooperation between Russia and Indonesia in the delivery of helicopters via Rosoboronexport. Indonesia has been a key strategic partner for many years, and I am confident that our cooperation will continue to strengthen.”

Denis Manturov stressed that, particularly in today’s complex geopolitical environment, Russia will continue to work to support trade flows from the Asia Pacific region. “Indonesia is one of our key partners, not only in the Asia Pacific region, but internationally as a whole. Bilateral trade and economic cooperation is a crucial part of the relations between our two countries. It is important to note that, from industry’s perspective, our two countries are not in competition, they complement each other,” he said.

The delegation toured the production facility and an exhibition at the plant showcasing the new multirole Mi-17V-5 helicopters. Vadim Ligai told members of the delegation about the phased upgrade programme for this model, its technological and functional capabilities, and its diverse range of possible uses.

At the small series production facility, delegation members were able to see various different models of Ansat – the VIP, medevac, and passenger variants. They also saw an exhibition of ground-based equipment for the maintenance of Ansat and Mi-8/17 helicopters.
The Russian-Indonesian delegation toured the new painting and finishing workshop, which opened in August 2014, and the assembly production facility currently under construction and scheduled for completion by year end. The new workshop is fitted with the latest equipment: seven paint ovens built by Russian company Novatek, a pre-painting processing chamber, and equipment to regulate temperature and humidity during adhesion operations. Upgrading production capacities is a key aim of Russian Helicopters’ ongoing drive to create a dynamic and globally competitive helicopter industry. Russian Helicopters launched this extensive programme in 2008, and today the comprehensive investment programme at Kazan Helicopters to 2018 comprises a series of projects.

Since this work started, the machining production has been completely renovated – two automated production lines to produce components, each of which is manned by one operator per shift, have been launched. These lines can operate for 8 hours unattended, delivering round-the-clock production capacity. Labour productivity is 2-2.5 times higher than for traditional machining centres, and more than 20 times greater than using general-purpose equipment. Modernization work on warehousing facilities and logistics is nearing completion, and the reconstruction of assembly, galvanizing and other production lines is underway. A total of about 12.2 billion roubles will be spent on renovating and upgrading production.

The ministers arrived at the plant after concluding the 10th meeting of the joint Russian-Indonesian intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, and technical cooperation, at which discussion touched on promising avenues of mutual cooperation in trade and the economy. Participants discussed a series of interesting possible projects, including the possibility of supplying Russian-made passenger aircraft to Indonesia.

Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company, is one of the world’s largest producers of medium helicopters. It specializes in Mi-8/17 type helicopters in a wide range of configurations: transport, passenger, search and rescue, landing and transport, among many others.

Russian Helicopters, (part of State Corporation Rostec), is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. In 2013 its IFRS revenues increased 10% to RUB 138.3 billion. Deliveries reached 275 helicopters.

State Corporation Rostec is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 for the purpose of promoting the development, production and export of hi-tech civilian and military industry products. It comprises 700 organization, nine of which have now been formed as holding companies of the military-industrial complex, five of them are involved in civil industries and 22 are directly controlled. Rostec’s portfolio includes recognised brands such as Avtovaz, Kamaz, Russian Helicopters, and VSMPO-AVISMA. Rostec’s organization are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply their products to the markets of more than 70 countries. The revenue of Rostec in 2013 amounted to RUB 1.04 trillion. The tax deductions into the treasuries at all levels exceeded RUB 138 billion.

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