Russian Helicopters delivered 213 helicopters in 2017 and performed major repairs on 148 in 2016, according to the company’s recently released annual report. Deliveries within Russia comprised most of the demand; of that the majority was in the Mi-8/17 family with growing deliveries of Ansat light twins into the emerging domestic air ambulance market. The company received orders for 396 helicopters in 2017 and the order backlog was valued at $7.4 billion. It estimated its global market share at 11.5 percent. Finally, the report notes that it is transitioning to “life cycle contracts” on the sale of new and previously sold helicopters in cooperation with the country’s Defense Ministry.
Separately, the company said its VR-Technologies bureau had begun aerodynamic testing of its VRT500 light single-engine utility helicopter at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute. The company first displayed a full-scale mock-up of the VRT500 in May at HeliRussia.