Monday, February 18, 2019
At the International Defence Ehxibition IDEX 2019 held in Abu Dabi, Kalashnikov Concern (part of Rostec) demonstrated its new intellectual weapons — the high-precision unmanned attack complex KUB-BLA.
Complexes equipped with drone carriers for guided munitions are currently one of the most promising areas in the unmanned airborne system development. KUB-BLA is designed for defeating remote ground targets. The unmanned aerial vehicle delivers special load to the manually set target coordinates or to the image from the guidance target load.
"This complex represents a step to completely new conduct of operations. We hold strong position in the forefront of countries manufacturing such weapons," said Rostec's CEO Sergey Chemezov. "The high-precision drone comes within 30 minutes at a speed of 130 km/h. The shell is delivered to the target by the complex regardless of terrain or whether the target is concealed or not, both at low and high attitudes It is extremely accurate and efficient weapon being very hard to combat by traditional air defence systems."
The complex advantages include covert launch, high accuracy, noiselessness and ease of use. Its speed range is between 80 and 130 km/h, time in flight is 30 minutes, payload is 3 kg, and dimensions are 1210*950*165 mm. The unmanned attack complex has been successfully tested and is ready to application.
ZALA AERO is a leading Russian developer and manufacturer of unmanned airborne systems, unique target loads and other technical means to secure their application. Since January 2015, ZALA AERO is part of JSC Kalashnikov Concern.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
The Russian Helicopters holding company, part of State Corporation Rostec, and the
Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) have delivered technical and operational
documentation for the Mi-171A2 helicopter to the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency.
Brazilian aviation authorities will decide on the certification of the helicopter for the local market
based on its application.
“Brazil is our long-time partner and one of the key countries in South America for the promotion of
Russian helicopter products. Mi-171A1 helicopters have been successfully operating in the
country for more than 10 years, and I am sure that the new helicopter will soon also have the
opportunity to earn a positive reputation. Brazil’s certification authority is processing the
documentation received on the Mi-171A2. Considering experience certifying the Mi-171A1
helicopter, I think that this issue will be resolved in a short time,” said general director of Russia
Helicopters Andrey Boginsky.
“In light of Brazil’s high demand for mid-class multipurpose helicopters, we are bringing to the
local market a new machine — modern, roomy and reliable. The Mi-171A2 helicopter provides
long range, which is important for a country where the machines are operated in hard-to-reach
areas. We intend to develop after-sales service as part of an international partnership to
guarantee maximum operational life and as a prerequisite for flight safety,” added director of the
Rostec aviation cluster Anatoly Serdyukov.
In 2005, the Mi-171A1 helicopter optimized for the requirements of European commercial
operators and the FAR-29 aviation regulations received approval for the Type Certificate in the
Brazilian Aviation Register. During its development, special attention was paid to safety issues. In
the same year, the first Mi-171A1 helicopter was delivered to Brazil.
In 2010, the Mi-171A1 helicopter, presented by the operating company Atlas Taxi Aereo, won a
Brazilian state oil and gas company Petrobras tender to carry out aerial work in the Amazon due
to its positive characteristics and price/quality ratio.
The T-HUMS system (onboard monitoring and diagnostics system) was installed in the new Mi-
171A1 helicopter for the first time on an order by the Brazilian company. It provides automatic
monitoring of a large range of nodes in real time, significantly increasing flight safety. The use of
the T-HUMS system also makes it possible to transition to maintenance “as-is,” and not according
to the regulations, which can significantly reduce the financial costs of the operating company and
increase the efficiency of the helicopter business.
Mi-171A1 helicopters were used by Atlas Taxi Aereo in harsh environmental conditions to support
Petrobras drilling in the rainforests of Brazil, and they showed their best side. In a year of intensive
operation, one helicopter, for example, flew more than 1,000 hours (an average of 120 hours per
month), moving about 600 tons of cargo, mainly drilling equipment, on an external mount.
The Mi-171A2 was developed based on this helicopter, the result of a thorough modernization of
the Mi-8/17 helicopters. More than 80 changes have been made to the design of the Mi-171A2.
The helicopter is equipped with VK-2500PS-03 engines (a civilian version of the engines installed
on the Mi-28 combat helicopters) with a digital control system. One of the most important
differences between the Mi-171A2 and the helicopters of the Mi-8/17 family is the new carrier
system. The helicopter has a more efficient X-shaped tail rotor and a new main rotor with integral
composite blades with an improved aerodynamic layout. In August 2017, the helicopter received a
Type A certificate from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency, which indicates implementation
of the most stringent safety requirements for civilian helicopters.