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April 27, 2012 at the Kazan Helicopter Plant (JSC "Kazan Helicopter Plant") was demonstrated to representatives of Russian and foreign mass media of the first prototype light multipurpose civil helicopter "ANSAT" with hydraulic control system (GMSU).
Back in the late 90’s — early 2000’s guide LSC has decided undertake the development of a small helicopter take-off weight. This was driven by a desire to reduce the risks associated with the production of virtually the same type of helicopter Mi-17 and extend range. Needless to say, have been studied the most advanced developments in the field of helicopter. One of the advanced technology at the time was used in the design of the helicopter remote electronic flight control system (integrated management system — KSU-A), which is unique in the world helicopter was not.
EDO factory went on this way. And this system has been successfully implemented in a helicopter ANSAT. However, the success of designers of "LSC" and their unique latest developments incorporated in the design of the helicopter, became an unexpected obstacle in the way of certification "Ansat." It turned out that neither in Russia, nor in Europe and America are not yet developed certification requirements for such systems. As Kazan were pioneers in this area, they had to go through with the IAC is a very serious way. The result was a type certificate. However, as the full range of requirements for such systems has not yet been developed, either in Russia or abroad, the certificate is received with restrictions — without the right to transport passengers.
Factory workers believe that such a management system is very reliable. This is supported by the fact that the helicopter-ANSAT have passed all state tests on military requirements and the helicopter into service in the Russian army as the main helicopter for initial training. In the framework of serial deliveries under the current contract in 2011, another batch of helicopters "ANSAT-U" entered Syzransky branch of the Military Training Research Center Air Force.
"ANSAT" — a light multipurpose helicopter with a maximum takeoff weight of up to 3.5 tonnes. Since ANSAT with GMSU has not been raised in the air, the factory testers showed us a special summer program on helicopters ANSAT (LCP) and the Mi-17-B5. As workers later noticed LSC, they first saw as a stunning aerobatics on these helicopters. And I agree with them, this shows in the performance of our helicopter pilots can not see even on the largest air shows in the world.
Market research suggests that the helicopter is in demand on the international market and has good prospects. Therefore, in order not to lose time, it was decided to modify the helicopter traditional hydromechanical control system. The program produced two samples — one for ground testing, the second for flight. Flight tests will begin in the next few days to the end of 2012 will be completed certification. JSC "Kazan Helicopter Plant" has already applied to the Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) for a supplement to the type certificate to install GMSU. Certification "Ansat" with GMSU will certify the helicopter and for the transport of passengers. The company plans to supply customers each year up to 20 helicopters ANSAT.
Marketing and predkontraktuyu work on the civilian version of the helicopter ANSAT with GMSU is holding "Helicopters of Russia". Potential Russian and foreign customers are already showing interest in the "ANSAT" with the new control system. According to experts, the modernized "ANSAT" has a number of important competitive advantages over similar products in its class. Holding aims to promote the machine on traditional Russian helicopter CIS markets of Southeast Asia, Africa, Central and South America.
Another surprise was the demonstration of new simulator helicopter Mi-8 MTV manufactured by Transas and installed on the LSC. The unique development — vibroacoustic field simulates a real sense of flight.
Despite the fact that ANSAT still young enough at the Kazan helicopter plant continue development work on various modifications of the helicopter. Including being further modernization of the base model to build a helicopter with a significantly improved aircraft technical, economic and operational characteristics. Currently on ANSAT are powered by Pratt Whitney PW-27K, but in the future for the installation at the helicopter will be able to qualify and promising Russian VK-800 engine, which will also require a degree of modernization. There is a deep modernization project of the helicopter — ANSAT-M with bringing the maximum take-off weight of 4.5 tons. Such a modification could be created in the event of success in the development of the VC-800 engine.
In addition, there is a deep modernization of Mi-17 and Mi
-Q5-171-A2. However, the scheme of modernization somewhat different. MI-171-A2 is a civil modification, so the entire amount of modernization will be carried out immediately and the helicopter will go for the certification. And as the Mi-17-V5 is more along the line MTC planned gradual modernization in accordance with the needs of customers.
The average multi-purpose helicopter Mi-17 is a product of the modernization of the Mi-8 MTV. Versatility and high performance characteristics have made him one of the most popular helicopters in the world. At present JSC "Kazan Helicopter Plant" mass production of three major modifications:
— MI-172 — passenger modification is designed to carry passengers. Issued also special VIP-modification;
— The Mi-8 MTV-5 (Mi-17-B5) — transport modification, designed to carry cargo inside the cab and externally. Can be used for the transport of rescue;
— The Mi-8 MTV-1 (Mi-17-1V) — a multi-purpose modification on the basis of which the helicopters are available for various purposes, including a flying hospital.
In the parking lot we were shown heliport helicopters for various purposes has been prepared for transmission to customers.
Helicopters Kazan helicopter plant in operation in 80 countries. Plant is part of JSC "Helicopters of Russia" — a subsidiary of "OPK" Oboronprom ", included in the GC" Russian Technologies ". Holding "Helicopters of Russia" was founded in 2007. The holding comprises five helicopter plants, two design bureaus, manufacturers and service components and service company that provides after-sales support in Russia and abroad. Traditionally, the highest demand for Russian helicopters — in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia and CIS countries.
In 2011, the proceeds of "Helicopters of Russia" under IFRS grew by 27.8% and amounted to 103.9 billion rubles, the volume of shipments reached 262 helicopters. More than 8000 helicopters of Soviet / Russian-made today are operated in 110 countries.
The strategic objectives of the holding are aimed at increasing the share of Russian helicopters in the world market. Kazan Helicopter Plant — one of the leading enterprises of the holding company and significant role in the implementation of these ambitious plans lies with the LSC. The company has received orders up to 2014. Therefore, Rosoboronexport and Russian Helicopters are now engaged in the formation of orders for the years 2014-2016.
Kazan Helicopter Plant in 2011 has delivered more than 90 helicopters. Sales volumes of finished products LSC exceeded 30 billion abroad (more than $ 1 billion). This is 10 billion rubles more than in 2011. In total, over the past 4 years KHP helicopter sales increased by 2.7 times. The development of sales per worker amounted to 160 thousand U.S. dollars. A per worker production personnel — $ 267 thousand This dynamic increase in production and sales volumes, as well as productivity gains were made possible as a result of the program re-equipment of the enterprise. In 2012, the growth of the company should be 10-15%. "
Also, the structure of the holding company "Helicopters of Russia" factory KB Kazan Helicopters helicopters assigned the role of developer for small aircraft. In addition Ansat offers and more light helicopter act, but so far this theme set aside. The root cause — the lack of a suitable engine. Originally it was supposed to set AvtoVAZovskiyrotorno piston engine VAZ-4265. But KB, which is developing the engine ceased to exist along with it and the engine. And while the alternative engine found. And any new engine will require processing of the helicopter structure. It was therefore decided to postpone the development of the helicopter.
And LSC is involved in the creation of a new multi-purpose helicopter Mi-38. The company completed the construction of the third prototype helicopter. The helicopter is equipped with modern avionics IBKV-38 production of "Transas", which implements the principle of "glass cockpit." However, there is some delay, but it was due to the fact that the long awaited engines of Klimov TV7-117V and from Pratt Whitney. Nevertheless graphics prototype manufacturing plant are performed. LSC is responsible for the production of prototypes of the Mi-38 and the organization of serial production. And since now resolved issues with the engine, the factory has received the first flight models, the program will continu
e without delay. Certification of the Mi-38 will engage the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, and it should be completed in 2015.
The plant’s hope that the increase in production enterprises will be more and by expanding the product line. In addition to the main products, which has been for many years (various modifications of the Mi-17) in the lineup has included helicopters and ANSAT ANSAT-U, and in the coming years and will begin mass production of the Mi-38.
Technical re-equipment of the enterprise takes place in the overall program of the holding Russian Helicopters. And the first problem was solved by updating machining production. Before the technical services has been not only update equipment and machinery, but also the simultaneous modernization of the mechanical assembly production. Today, the art of the enterprise and skills meet the highest international standards. The next step is to upgrade all types of industries: welding, electroplating, painting, etc. One of the important tasks — reducing the share of manual labor in the aggregate production. Automation riveting works. But entirely on manual labor, of course, you can not get rid of. But there are two areas in which the company is:
1. The transition to composite materials, the use of which reduces the number of assembly operations. This pathway is associated with changing the design of helicopters and the plant has worked closely in this area with the developer of a family of helicopters Mi-8/17 OKB. Mile. And according to the bureau ANSAT LSC.
2. Automation of operations. The first steps have already been taken. However, unlike aircraft, helicopters have a large number of modifications with different contours of the fuselage. Therefore, automated riveting at 100% is just not possible.
Modernization of production LSC has already spent $ 53 million
"The program of modernization we started in 2008. In line with the modernization of its production and the reconstruction of the company will be made up in 2015 — said General Director of JSC "Kazan Helicopter Plant" Vadim League — The program includes: the purchase of equipment, reconstruction of machining production, harvesting and stamping and paint manufacturing, production of blades made of composite materials, a complex of warehouses, etc. The program is financed by own funds and the federal program. We are a small part of the federal program are participating in two: On the formulation of a series production helicopter ANSAT-U and Development Program of Civil Aviation — the helicopter Mi-38. We receive funds through a cost center for the manufacture of prototypes and setting the Mi-38 for the series production. And recently adopted another federal program — Development of defense until 2020. LSC through OBORONPROM participates in this program and a number of areas of modernization and technical re-equipment companies are included in this program. The entire estimated cost of the modernization program of the enterprise is 8-9 billion rubles.
An important factor in the success of the enterprise was our personnel policy. The enterprise has a lot of work dynasties. The average salary in the LSC is 26,600 rubles. Indexation of wages is held every year. Employees can increase their income: solid premium for mentoring, years of service and for the victory in the labor competition. If someone urgently need a large sum, there is no need to go to the bank for a loan. At LSC union is mutual benefit fund and financial assistance. The administration gives workers targeted loans for the purchase and renovation of housing, and education. The plant is involved in the implementation of the national law "On State. support the development of housing Republic of Tatarstan ". As part of the law since 2006 LSC participates in the target program providing housing for citizens in the social mortgage. Allowing 107 families of factory workers were able to improve their living conditions. Each year, more than 1,000 employees of the enterprise are prof. retraining. "
JSC "Kazan Helicopter Plant" provides a
full cycle of a helicopter from the development and serial production to after-sales support, training and repair. The production is certified according to ISO 9001 standards. The enterprise employs about 7,000 people.
The history of the plant is calculated from September 4, 1940 There has been collected every ten fighter plane, released the aviation industry of the USSR during World War II — it’s Po-2 aircraft. In 1951, the LSC began production of the Mi-1 — it was the first mass production of helicopters in the USSR. The factory produced the first domestic helicopter being exported — Mi-4, and the most popular and popular of all the family of helicopters — Mi-8. Russian helicopters, manufactured in Kazan, flew a total of more than 50 million flight hours worldwide. In the history of CVD over 12,000 Mi-4, Mi-8, Mi-14, Mi-17, "ANSAT" and their variants are delivered in 100 countries.