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Iranian aviation market one to watch this year

The lifting of economic sanctions on Iran this year will put pressure on major Middle East carriers, creating new competition for those who have built a business on connecting regional and international traffic. Sanctions are expected to be lifted sometime in the first half of this year following June’s nuclear accord between Iran and world powers, according to previous comments by wester...

Ansat’s VIP version receives type certification

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, announces that the new light multirole commercial Ansat with hydromechanical controls has received two Main Amendment Approvals for the helicopter’s VIP cabin and air-conditioning system from the Federal Air Transport Agency, which as of this month has taken over duties as Russia’s aviation certification authority from the Aviation...

Russian Helicopters receives certification for Mi-38

Russian Helicopters has received type certification for the Mi-38 transport helicopter, designed by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. The Mi-38 is expected to enter into serial production next year, with the first fuselage for the serial-production model has already been assembled.   “In 2015 Russian Helicopters has carried out a huge amount of preparatory work to achieve certificat...

Rostec to aid HAL with indigenous KA-226T production

Russian state firm Rostec will work with Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) to build 200 or more Kamov KA-226T “Sergei” light utility helicopters. The helicopters will be built at a new HAL facility to be constructed in Tumakuru, a city that lies 100 kilometres to the northwest of Bengaluru, where HAL’s headquarters are located, says the Indian airframer. In May 2015, New Delhi&rs...

Russia’s 'Terminator' Chopper to Become Immune to Missiles, Radars

Russia’s Mi-8AMTSh “Terminator” armored assault helicopters are being fitted with radio-electronic warfare technology, making them immune to enemy missiles, an Eastern Military District spokesman told reporters on Monday. “The Vitebsk onboard electronic jammer ensures protection against enemy missiles and radar by generating optical and radio-electronic interference. It...

Major portfolio investor in talks on purchasing share in Russian Helicopters — minister

A major portfolio investor is holding talks on purchasing a share in Russian Helicopters, Russian Minister of Industry Denis Manturov told TASS on Tuesday in an interview. "As far as my position is concerned, I never was a supporter of an endless expansion of government-owned assets. The government may offer support in consolidation of assets at a certain stage, so that to approach the fin...

CALC delivers two more Airbus A320s to China Eastern Airlines

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited, the largest independent aircraft operating lessor in China, today announced that it has completed the delivery of the third and the fourth of six A320 aircraft to China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited (“China Eastern Airlines” or “CEA”). These two aircraft were delivered on 23 and 24 December, at the facilities of Airbus i...

Russian Helicopters presents its range to Iran

Russian Helicopters has been pushing its credentials at the Russian national exhibition Trade and Industrial Dialogue: Russia-Iran 2015 in Tehran this week where it also debuted the new multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter.. Led by the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, the event was held from 21 to 23 December in Tehran. “We plan to strengthen our business ties with our pa...

Flying testbed of Russia's future high-speed helicopter made its maiden flight

The flying testbed derived from the Mil Mil-24K (NATO reporting name: Hind) for testing components of the future high-speed helicopter flew for the first time on December 23, 2015, a defense industry source told journalists on Thursday, Dec. 24. According to the source, the airborne laboratory got off the ground for the first time at the Mil Helicopter Plant’s (a Russian Helicopter s...

India and Russia to jointly manufacture Kamov 226 helicopter under 'Make In India'

India and Russia took forward a project to jointly manufacture military choppers under the 'Make in India' initiative even as other plans, including one to construct frigates, took a backseat during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Moscow. Among the 16 agreements inked during the visit, the only one on defence cooperation - a significant facet of the bilateral relation - refe...

Second Sikorsky CH-53K ‘almost ready’ to join test campaign

After a slow start, the Sikorsky CH-53K development project is gathering pace at West Palm Beach, Florida, with sixth test flights and counting since initial lift-off in late October and a second aircraft almost complete. The US Marine Corps announced this week that one of its own pilots flew the King Stallion, taking over from Sikorsky’s test team for the first time. Lt Col Jonathan M...

New JV formed to market Saab's Skeldar UAV

Saab has formed a joint venture with UMS Aero Group that will take responsibility of marketing the former's Skeldar V-200 unmanned helicopter. UMS Skeldar will “strengthen Saab’s offerings in the tactical UAV market”, and the Skeldar division of Saab and all its assets – including the air vehicles, ground control stations, and training systems – will move to th...