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Dal Kikin
April 11, 2019

The VR-Technologies innovation design office, a subsidiary of Rostec’s Russian Helicopters holding company, presented a mockup of the light multi-purpose helicopter VRT500 at the Fuorisalone exhibition, within the framework of the Milan Design Week, held April 8–14, 2019.

“VRT500 will become a competitive product in the market of light single-engine helicopters and allows us to join this new segment for the first time. We consider Europe as a potential market and plan to apply the helicopter for certification to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) this year. We’ll start testing the first prototype in 2020”, mentioned VR-Technologies CEO
Alexander Okhonko.

VRT500 is a light single-engine helicopter with coaxial rotors and a maximum take-off weight of 1600 kg. It will be equipped with the latest interactive avionics and have the most spacious passenger cabin in its class with the total capability of 5 persons. The helicopter can reach a max speed of 250 km/h, has a flight range of 860 km and can carry a payload of up to 730 kg.

The helicopter is supposed to be the passenger, multi-purpose, cargo, training, VIP and medical evacuation configurations. At the same time, in a segment with a take-off weight of up to two tons, the VRT500 will become the world's first medical evacuation helicopter with the ability to load and unload a unified trolley through the rear doors of the cabin, which simplifies the process and saves time.

Currently, specialists of Russian Helicopters are developing the design documentation of the helicopter. This stage is scheduled to be finished at the end of 2021 with the production of the first series of VRT500 in the Ulan-Ude aviation facility. 

@Photos by Russian Helicopters

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