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$13 Billion Draft Agreement on Development of Russian-Chinese Helicopter Ready

Russia will build the engines for the new heavy lift helicopter

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DUBAI (Sputnik) — A draft intergovernmental agreement on the development of a Russian-Chinese heavy helicopter and a long-haul aircraft is completed, and discussion of the commercial details of the deal is underway, Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Andrei Boginsky said Tuesday.

"A draft intergovernmental agreement on heavy helicopter and wide-bodied aircraft has been prepared and today the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and Russian Helicopters are carrying out active discussion arranging commercial agreements with their counterparts from China," Boginsky told journalists at the Dubai Airshow-2015.

He added that Russia would like to provide engines for both projects. According to the official, the helicopter could be equipped with a PD-12V turboshaft engine and the aircraft could be provided with a new motor unit based on the Russian PD-14 turbofan engine.

Russia’s UAC said in September that a blueprint for the Russian-Chinese long-haul passenger airplane would be approved by March 2016, with an intergovernmental agreement this year.

The project, developed with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), is estimated at $13 billion. The first test flight is expected in 2021.

The Russian Helicopters aircraft maker said in September it would strike a deal by the end of 2015 to build a brand new heavy-lift helicopter "from scratch," after they inked a framework cooperation agreement in May.

Originally appeared at Russia Beyond the Headlines

Sino-Russian heavy-lift helicopter’s engine to be made in Russia

The engine and transmission system of a joint Sino-Russian heavy-lift helicopter will be manufactured in Russia, Russian Helicopters Chief Executive Alexander Mikheyev said on the sidelines of the 2015 Dubai Airshow.

The Sino-Russian heavy class helicopter will be a fundamentally new machine, although it will be based on the Mi-26, the company said in September.

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of state-owned Rostec, is the only developer and manufacturer of helicopters in Russia. Founded in 2007, the company has five helicopter plants, two design bureaus, and enterprises for the production and maintenance of components, as well as an aircraft repair plant and a service company. 


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