Russian Helicopters Signs VRT500 Deal with
Ludev Aviation of Malaysia
Russian Helicopters has signed a dealership
agreement with Ludev Aviation.
Based in Malaysia, Ludev Aviation intends to
purchase five VRT500 light multipurpose helicopters.
Optional equipment and details of interior
and a livery color scheme of VRT500 will be determined after the
helicopter is issued a type certificate and an airworthiness
certificate from EASA.
The technical aspects of the VRT500 program were
completed earlier this year and development has since begun. Tests
of the first prototype is scheduled to start in 2020. Deliveries
are expected in 2023.
"Europe and Asia are priority potential markets
for the VRT500 helicopter. With its performance, the helicopter
competes with rotorcraft of the same class used in these regions,"
says VR-Technologies Director General Alexander Okhonko.
VRT500 is a light single-engine helicopter with
coaxial rotors. Its takeoff weight is 1,650kg and it can
accommodate up to five passengers. The helicopter has a top speed
of 250kph and it can fly up to 860km and carry up to 730kg of