In the network of the 7th international exhibition HeliRussia-2014 Radioelectronic Technologies Concern and Russian Helicopters Holding Company (both are parts of Rostec State Corporation) have signed an agreement to establish a Helicopter Avionics Integration Centre, which will be responsible for development, production and upgrade of advanced helicopter avionics. The document was signed by CEO of Radioelectronic Technologies Concern, Nikolay Kolesov, and CEO of Russian Helicopters, Alexander Mikheev.
The joint venture established by the companies will have a status of first-tier integrator – the center will be developing innovative integrated on-board avionics, electronic counter-measure equipment and weapon control systems for military, special-purpose and commercial helicopters produced in Russia.
Today’s methods for producing avionics assume that separate components are integrated into a unified “smart” system. It controls the flight, weapons, engines and other systems, protects the helicopter from external threats and ensures the flight safety.
“Russian Helicopters is one of our most important partners at the Russia’s market of advanced helicopter avionics”, - CEO of Radioelectronic Technologies Concern, Nikolay Kolesov, said. “Under this agreement we will supply a fully integrated solution and provide support for the product throughout its life cycle - from detailed design to after-sales support. Such system will help us expand our presence and strengthen our positions in this segment and meet our strategic goals”.
The agreement signed by Radioelectronic Technologies Concern and Russian Helicopters defines the major organizational measures taken by the parties in order to establish the center. In the near term the companies will form a working group comprising representatives of both parties and it will start the development of a business plan and a roadmap for the center.
“Radioelectronic Technologies Concern is Russia’s largest developer and manufacturer of helicopter avionics; it is our long-standing partner providing continuous deliveries of components and systems to Russian Helicopters”, - said Russian Helicopters CEO, Alexander Mikheev. “Establishment of the Helicopter Avionics Integration Centre marks a new chapter in our fruitful cooperation; it will allow us to reduce the number of suppliers of avionics equipment and reduce logistical costs”.
It is expected that the joint venture will significantly improve the efficiency of cooperation between Radioelectronic Technologies Concern and Russian Helicopters in the network of programs for upgrading advanced military and commercial helicopters. Today the center’s specialists are working on development of components for the new multi-role Mi-171A2 helicopter and they are also developing an integrated avionics suite for the advanced high-speed helicopter.