by Abdul Rahmat Omar
LANGKAWI – March 28, 2019: On the second day of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2019 (LIMA 2019), Russian Helicopters Holding Company is holding negotiations regarding delivery of up to eight rotorcraft units of three types to Malaysian customers.
Contract details are to be specified during the exhibition.
“Malaysian operators made requests for purchasing up to eight Ansat, Mi-8/17 and Ka-32A11BC helicopters.
“We are currently providing consultations to customers to clarify technical configurations of the helicopters planned for delivery as well as other organizational matters”, said Igor Chechikov, Deputy General Director for after-sales support and head of the delegation of Russian Helicopters Holding Company.
The inquiries by the Malaysian partners were partly a result of the South Asian Heli Tour organized by JSC “Russian Helicopters”.
In November and December 2018 two new helicopters, one Mi-171А2 and one Ansat, made a tour over 5,000 kilometers in distance, holding demonstration shows in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia.
“Southeast Asia is one of strategically important regions for us.
“We see numerous opportunities for increasing the export volume of civil rotorcraft”, said Viktor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy at Rostec State Corporation.
He added that after the recent South Asian Heli Tour , they concluded firm and soft contracts for the delivery of 70 civil helicopters.
Kladov further said that at present they are negotiating terms and delivery dates with the potential customers.
The all-weather helicopter Ка-32А11ВС with coaxial rotor scheme was developed by Kamov design bureau (part of Russian Helicopters Holding Company).
Serial production of Ka-32A11BC is carried out by JSC Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise (KumAPE). Currently over 140 rotorcraft have been produced, operating in over 30 countries all over the world.
The coaxial rotor scheme provides the helicopter with several critical stabilisation and maneuverability improvements, especially for fire extinguishing missions.
The configuration of Ka-32A11BC equipment features over 40 options.
Caption: the all-weather helicopter Ka-32A11BC