The largest project among the 2007 Oboronprom/Agusta Westland joint initiative is the development of new helicopter with a 4.5 ton take-off weight. In this class, Oboronprom definitely planned to develop a new helicopter, with a strategic partner. It will be Agusta Westland, as the interests of the two companies do coincide. Earlier, Russia intended to create the Mi-54 helicopter, and Agusta Westland had its own development plans. Now, the two will create a new helicopter together. Joint production also is planned, with the helicopters equipped with two engine options: Russian and foreign.
In order to be competitive, the helicopter must match a number of requirements, including security for domestic and international standards and requirements FAR-29 and JAR-29, AP-29. The helicopter should be multi-functional and easily converted to different uses. It also must have high performance specifications, high rates of dynamic ceiling, including at high temperatures for operations in the mountains, in countries with hot climates, and should have comfortable conditions for passengers who have low levels of vibration and noise. The helicopter should have low operating costs, which make it economical.
The development of the Mi-54 had already developed many design options. As of 2008 the development of the Mi-54 was expected to take several years. It was expected that under existing plans the first flight of the Mi-54 could be held in 2011. Certification helicopter on the domestic airworthiness standards would require a further 1-1,5 years.
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