HeliVert to assemble Italian helicopters in Russia

Russian-Italian joint venture will get a contract to assemble 140 AW189 helicopters for Rosneft
HeliVert to assemble Italian helicopters in Russia
06 June 11:54 2016 Print This Article

In June, a contract for the production of 140 AW189 helicopters in Russia will be signed. It will provide for Italian helicopters to be assembled at the plan of the Russian-Italian joint venture HeliVert situated in Moscow region.

Back in July 2015, Rosneft, Finmeccanica S.p.a., and Vertolety Rossii have signed an agreement on the reorganization of HeliVert. Rosneft was committed to assemble 150 helicopters in Russia, while 10 of them are supposed be delivered from Italy. According to the CEO of Rosneft Igor Sechin, the company’s participation at the joint venture will allow a constant use of helicopters in its projects which are usually realized in remote areas with poor connection.

Currently HeliVert belongs to Vertolety Rossii and AgustaWestland (a subsidiary of Rostec and Finmeccanica), located in the village of Tomilino, Moscow region. With the participation of Rosneft as a new partner of the Russian-Italian joint venture will lead to the reorganization of the company, resulting in the redistribution of shares. Therefore, the share of AgustaWestland will decrease from 50 to 40 percent, while Rosneft and Vertolety Rossii will have 30 percent respectively.

The multirole AW189 AgustaWestland is an intermediate class of helicopter, with a maximum take-off weight of 8.3 tonnes. This versatile helicopter was designed specifically for offshore use and search-and-rescue operations, and also to carry out cargo and passenger transport roles. The standard AW189 cabin is designed to carry 16 passengers. It has a maximum cruising speed of 287 km/hr, a maximum range of 600 nautical miles (1111 km) with additional fuel tanks.

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