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27.04.2011

Russian Helicopters to install Turbomecas Ardiden 3G engines in its updated -62 helicopter

Paris, April 27, 2011

The Russian Helicopters holding and French company Turbomeca (part of the Safran group) have signed an agreement on delivery of at least 308 Ardiden 3G turboshaft engines, to be fitted into the updated version of the Ka-62 helicopter. The agreement has been signed within the memorandum of understanding signed by both parties on February 21, 2010, which envisaged the development and delivery of French engines for the Russian Ka-62 helicopters.

The newest line of Ardiden 3 engines is intended for helicopters with a lifting capacity of 6-8 tons covering a wide range of applications, and fully meets market demands in this developing niche. Thanks to the modular design and full authority digital engine control (FADEC), the Ardiden 3s are very reliable, easy to use, and extremely fuel-efficient. A specialized version, the Ardiden 3G, has been designed for installation in the Ka-62 helicopter.

Russian Helicopters is currently interested in expanding its range of multi-functional light and mid-weight twin-engine helicopters, which are designed for transportation, emergency medical assistance, aerial work, and observation.

The Ka-62 helicopter, a new development in the medium category, is built on a single-rotor design with a vertical tail rotor. The Ka-62 has been designed taking into account international safety standards. The rotor blades and airframe are made from more than fifty percent composite polymer materials. The helicopter is designed to transport 12-14 passengers in the cabin, or 2.5 tons of freight as an external load. In the standard configuration, the machine is equipped with efficient de-icing and fire-control systems. The helicopter is planned for certification in 2014. The Ka-62 can be used in the oil and gas industry, as well as in rescue operations and for corporate functions.

General Director of Russian Helicopters JSC Dmitri Petrov noted, We welcome the signing of this important contract, which marks a new era in our long-time partnership with Turbomeca. Cooperation with this world-famous manufacturer will undoubtedly facilitate further successful promotion of Russian helicopter technology in the global market.

I am very pleased to announce the signing of these contracts with Russian Helicopters. This is further evidence of the success of our Ardiden 3 engines the very best solution for the promising 6-8 ton lifting capacity niche, said Pierre Fabre, president and general director of Turbomeca.

This is not the first joint project between Russian Helicopters and Turbomeca in 2009 the two companies signed a contract to develop and produce the Arrius 2G1 engine for the new light-weight twin-engine Ka-226T helicopter with in-line rotors.

Press Contacts Russian Helicopters Turbomeca Roman Kirillov Bettina FREY T: +7 495 627 5545, ext. 122 VP, Communications M: +7 917 564 3346 Tel +33(0)5 59 90 96 23 F: +7 495 627 5424 bettina.frey@turbomeca.fr E: press@rus-helicopters.com Chantal REISS External Communications Manager Tél +33 (0)5 59 90 96 40 chantal.reiss@turbomeca.fr

Turbomeca and Russian Helicopters have also discussed the expansion of Russo-French partnership in other promising Russian helicopter construction programs, and have agreed to begin joint work on aftersales service for Russian helicopters equipped with Turbomeca engines.

Turbomeca (Safran group) is a leading producer of helicopter engines. Since the company was founded, it has made more than 68,000 turbines using its own technology. Loyal to its 2,350 clients in 155 countries around the world, Turbomeca offers convenient service thanks to its 16 landing pads, 26 service centers, 24 repair centers, and 90 on-site representatives and specialists. Microturbo, a Turbomeca affiliate, is a European leader producing turbojet engines for rockets, unmanned aircraft, and auxiliary power units. More information is available at http://www.turbomeca.com and http://www.safran-group.com.

Russian Helicopters JSC is an affiliate of OPK "Oboronprom" OJSC, part of GK Russian Technologies. It controls and manages helicopter manufacturers the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant JSC, Kamov JSC, Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant JSC, Kazan Helicopters JSC, Rostvertol JSC, Progress Arseniev Aviation Company JSC, Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise JSC, Stupino Machine Production Plant JSC, Reduktor-PM JSC, and Novosibirsk Aircraft Repairing Plant JSC, as well as Helicopter Service Company JSC.

Russian Helicopters partners: OOO AeroTaxi Service (makes and services aircraft interiors), ZAO Tranzas (develops programming products, navigation systems, and training programs), ZAO CSTS Dinamika (develops, manufactures, and offers aftersales servicing of technical training resources), ZAO BETA IR (manufactures testing equipment and aviation electronics), and the Urals Civil Aviation Plant PJSC (repairs engines and parts, as well as helicopter gear boxes.)

OPK "Oboronprom" OJSC is a multi-profile machine-building group created in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary areas of business are helicopter building (Russian Helicopters JSC) and engine building (OAO UK United Engine Building Corporation).


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