Russia, China to sign deal to develop heavy-lift helicopter

China and Russia will by the end of 2017 sign a contract to develop an advanced heavy-lift helicopter, Russian state defence conglomerate Rostec State Corporation said on Thursday.

Rostec’s subsidiary, Russian Helicopters, will sign the agreement with Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s Avicopter unit, said Victor Kladov, Rostec’s director for international cooperation and regional policy.

He was speaking at an event ahead of a Sept. 3-5 meeting of BRICS nationsthat include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

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