Russian Helicopters Holding Company (subsidiary of Oboronprom Corporation, part of State Corporation Rostec) delivered two multi-role commercial Ka-32A11BC helicopters to Sino-Russian Helicopter Technology Company headquartered in Tianjin (People’s Republic of China). The Ka-32A11BCs were manufactured by Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise, Russian Helicopters reports.
The helicopters will be operated by Citic General Aviation. A contract for delivery of 20 helicopters to Sino-Russian Helicopter Technology Company was signed in 2011. Under the contract two helicopters of the type have already been delivered to the customer; the vehicles are being successfully operated in China. Four more Ka-32A11BC helicopters will be delivered to China in 2014 in the network of the contract.
“The Ka-32A11BC is one of the best helicopters in its class. It has been certified by Chinese aviation authorities and has great potential to be in demand in this region, which needs more multi-role helicopters”, - Deputy CEO of Russian Helicopters for Sales and Marketing, Grigory Kozlov, said.
“The helicopter is well suited for China’s mountains and megacities thanks to its unique coaxial configuration allowing it to take off and land in small, unprepared areas and to maneuver in mountainous terrain and under restrained urban conditions. The Ka-32A11BC is designed for special search-and-rescue operations, firefighting and medevac operations. These helicopters are also widely used for construction work, transporting cargo inside the fuselage or using an external sling, and skidding”, - the press-service noted.
“The Chinese fleet of Ka-32A11BC helicopters is growing rapidly due to increasing demand for such vehicles. Recently Ka-32A11BC operated by China’s State Oceanographic Directorate came into focus of the world’s mass media. In early January 2014, the helicopter played a key role in rescuing passengers on the Academician Shokalskiy research vessel, which became ice-bound in Antarctic. Besides China, Ka-32A11BC helicopter has been certified in EU countries, Chile, Mexico, South Korea, Canada, Australia, etc. Ka-32 Family helicopter are successfully operated in Spain, Portugal, Colombia, Switzerland, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China, Brazil and Chile. About 140 helicopters of the type have been manufactured so far; half of them are operated in foreign countries”, - the press-service added.