Tatarstan at MAKS 2021 — RealnoeVremya.com
At the International Aviation and Space Salon, Tatarstan managed to sign contracts worth 43 billion, show the improved Ansat and make friends with the Volga-Dnepr group
On Friday, the commercial part of the program of the Moscow Aerospace Salon (MAKS) ended. Tatarstan presented a large exhibition there, where the achievements of 18 enterprises of the republic, including the Kazan Aircraft Production Association – the branch of Tupolev PJSC and Kazan Helicopters – were presented. The current air show was marked for the republic by the signing of a cascade of contracts for the supply of helicopter equipment for almost 43 billion rubles, as well as the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with the Volga-Dnepr group for the development of air freight transport through Kazan.
Putin was shown Checkmate
The 15th International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS) in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, was traditionally opened by President Vladimir Putin. Speaking at the ceremony, he said that MAKS, despite the difficulties caused by the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, fully fulfills its international status.
The MAKS 2021 partner country this time was Kazakhstan (last year it was China). Our aerospace ties with this country are much closer than with China: the Russian defense industry carries out many joint projects in the field of astronautics from the Baikonur cosmodrome. In addition, a few years ago Russia handed over to Kazakhstan the design documentation for the assembly of Mi helicopters, which are built at Kazan Helicopters and Ulan-Ude, and helped neighbors to establish a construction center of helicopters.
At the same time, Russia is open to cooperation in the field of aviation with all international countries.
“Improving flight safety, reducing the negative impact of aviation on the environment, studying extraterrestrial space – these are the areas in which scientists, designers and other specialists from different countries should unite to achieve new decisive results,” Putin said in his speech.
And he went to inspect promising domestic aerial equipment. The main novelty of the show was the Checkmate fifth-generation light combat fighter, created by Rostec on the basis of the Su-57. A line of modern helicopters was built right there – a specialized rotary-wing aircraft for offshore operations Mi-171AZ produced by Ulan-Ude, the upgraded version of Ansat-M from Kazan Helicopters, an unmanned helicopter VRT300. While reviewing the flight exhibit, the President of Russia boarded a Sukhoi Business Jet.
After viewing the demonstration program, the head of state held a meeting on the development of civil aircraft construction. By his results, Putin demanded to determine the manufacturers’ long-term plans for the production of aircraft until 2030.
SSJ-100 and Ansats Medical: air carrier contracts
At the same time, the first contracts for replenishing the civilian equipment fleet were signed at the MAKS 2021 site. The flagship of sales on the first day of the air show was the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft, designed for regional routes. Fifteen aircraft were contracted for the Rossiya airline, protocols with Red Wings were signed for 25 aircraft, 10 – with Azimut, 8 – with GTLK and Aurora.
As for our local aircraft manufacturers, a notable event of the first day of MAKS 2021 was the start of the execution of the contract for the supply of 66 medical service aviation helicopters, including 28 Mi-8MTV-1 and 37 Ansat. They are assembled with Kazan Helicopters. The total value of the transaction concluded between National Air Medical Services and PSB Leasing is 28 billion rubles. The solemn ceremony of handing over the next helicopter took place at the static exhibition of the Russian Helicopters Holding, where the Mi-8MTV-1 helicopter in the colors of the National Air Medical Services was presented.
“The development of air medical services is one of the priorities of the national health project. Rostec is implementing a comprehensive project, within the framework of which an air medical service has been created, it is equipped with aircraft, the necessary ground infrastructure is being created, hundreds of flights are operated per year,” said said Sergey Chemezov, General Director of Rostec State Corporation, said at the ceremony. According to him, the contract must be executed by the end of 2022.
Tatar day at MAKS 2021
President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov arrived in Zhukovsky near Moscow on the third day of the air show, July 22. He had the opportunity to assess the advantages of the main aviation novelty Checkmate, after which, accompanied by the general director of Russian Helicopters, he examined the helicopter exhibition. Enterprises of Tatarstan presented the exhibition on an area of 170 square meters. The achievements of the Kazan Aircraft Production Association – a branch of Tupolev, Kazan Helicopters and other participating enterprises – were presented there, there were 18 of them in total.
During the visit to the exhibition, the President of Tatarstan was impressed by the light multi-purpose aircraft LMS-901 Baikal, built by the Ural Civil Aviation Plant. It is intended to replace the An-2 biplane aircraft used by farmers. But his alleged colleague, the light aircraft MVEN, which also claimed this role, has disappeared from radar. At least it was not presented at MAKS 2021. And it’s not surprising: this company from Tatarstan had serious problems a year ago. As for the Baikal, the air show said the flight is scheduled until the end of 2021 and mass production will begin by 2023.
On the same day, Russian Helicopters signed a major state contract for the supply of nine Mi-38PS heavy helicopters worth 14.8 billion rubles. The client is the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation. With his signature, serial production of the heaviest helicopter in Russia will begin at Kazan Helicopters. The supplies are to be completed by the end of 2024.
The Mi-38PS must be built in the arctic version. Three years ago, the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade allocated 1 billion rubles to expand operational capabilities to perform high and low temperature flights (from -50°C to +50°C) , at high altitude airfields. In addition, work must be carried out to increase the resources of the machine, its units and systems (up to a thousand hours or more).
“We have a long and successful history of cooperation with the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia, today it is impossible to imagine Russian emergency services without helicopter equipment – it is regularly used to extinguish fires, search and rescue operations and operations to deal with the consequences of natural and man-made disasters.To carry out tasks in the harshest conditions of the Arctic, our colleagues need the most modern equipment, and I am sure that thanks to improved flight performance, the Mi-38 will become a reliable support for developing the activities of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the Far North,” said Andrey Boginsky, general director of the holding company Russian Helicopters.
“With the help of special devices, the Mi-38PS will be able to extinguish fires and cope with the consequences of an emergency spill of petroleum products. Rigid mooring nodes on the parking lot will allow helicopters to d to land on icebreaker-class ships, for example, to be used from arctic-type project 22220 (LK-60Ya) icebreakers, which will expand the possibilities for the Mi-38 to operate in arctic latitudes , reported the press service of Russian Helicopters.
Cargo hub in Kazan
On the same day, the government of Tatarstan signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Volga-Dnepr group.
“In accordance with it, carriers belonging to it – Volga-Dnepr, AirBridgeCargo, ATRAN – intend to use Kazan International Airport JSC as one of the airports on the territory of the Russian Federation to carry out transit and commercial flights,” the Volga-Dnepr Group press service said.
The joint efforts of the parties, as it appears from the same message, “will make it possible to develop and strengthen the infrastructure of the airport to stimulate the improvement of the quality of cargo handling and to create a competitive structure to attract customers and logistics service providers, including for special goods such as pharmaceuticals and e-commerce goods”.
Recall that it is this cargo carrier that has the largest cargo panel in the world – Ruslan, who during the pandemic helped Tatneft bring large equipment from China to start the production of antiseptic disposable masks and protective equipment.