The number of helicopters delivered last year increased by 17% compared to 2016, despite the transfer of a number of purchases at the initiative of customers, said a spokesman for Russian Helicopters Vedomosti. The holding carries out its obligations under contracts completely, he added. The interlocutor does not say the absolute number of supplies. In 2016, the holding, the only developer and manufacturer of helicopters in the country, sold 189 cars. Consequently, in 2017, 221 helicopters were delivered.
For the first time in five years, the holding managed to increase helicopter sales, in 2013-2016. shipments were falling due to a drop in demand for combat helicopters. "The structure of the world market is changing: if in the past decade the main deliveries were for military helicopters due to rearmament programs in Russia, the United States, India, China, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, then the demand for civil helicopters is predicted for the next decade," the representative explained. holding.
The holding set a goal to bring the share of civilian products in sales up to 40% by 2035. In 2016, its share was less than 10% - only 17 civilian vehicles out of 189. In 2017, sales of civilian helicopters rose sharply - to about 70 cars, says a person close to the holding. In particular, 29 sanitary helicopters of the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) were delivered, including 23 Mi-8 and six Ansatov, the interlocutor added. This program has three-stage budgetary support: GTLK buys medical helicopters at preferential prices (for this purpose it is capitalized from the budget), leases them to airlines at a preferential, budget-subsidized rate, airlines purchase the regional aviation budget. This year, the GTLK will purchase another 30 ambulance helicopters.
The Ministry of Defense "Helicopters of Russia" last year delivered 72 new helicopters, this year 60 are planned, the holding reported earlier. In 2018, the holding plans to increase shipments of helicopters by about 10%, a person close to the aircraft construction company knows.
"The Sanitary Aviation Park in Russia is not sufficient, the state plans to extend this program after 2018; another possibility to increase internal deliveries of civilian products is the urgent renewal of the Mi-8T park, "says Nikita Lomov, a researcher at the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies. As of October 2017, the fleet of Russian civil helicopters was 2,682, of which 1,190 (45%) were Mi-8 helicopters, of which 881 (32% of the total fleet) is an early fleet of age, the report said at the 10th Helicopter Forum director of the department of "Russian Helicopters" Ravil Akhmadeev.
Domestic prices for civilian helicopters have increased significantly in recent years, and the cost of helicopter operations remains almost unchanged - this reduces the ability of airlines to invest in the fleet, plus in certain segments (for example, in monitoring pipelines), helicopter pilots compete with unmanned aircraft, adds Lomov.
"In 2017, the holding received 228 billion rubles. Revenue under IFRS (record - "Vedomosti") and 26.9 billion rubles. net profit (the second best result after 2015), "Andrei Boginsky, General Director of Russian Helicopters, said at a press conference last week. Holding 87.5% belongs to the structures of Rostecha, 12.5% - from the RFPI consortium and Middle Eastern funds.