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Russia's Ka-52, Mi-28 Attack Helicopters Can Compete With US Apache

Sputnik News

14:29 27.05.2015(updated 14:43 27.05.2015)

The Russian helicopter-manufacturing industry can successfully compete with foreign rivals, including the United States, Andrei Shibitov, Deputy Director of Russian Helicopter Holding, claimed.

The modern Russian Mi-28 and Ka-52 attack helicopters are comparable with the US AH-64 Apache helicopter in their onboard electronic systems, Andrei Shibitov, Deputy Director of Russian Helicopter Holding, told RIA Novosti.

'Ten years ago some of our systems fell short by 10-15 years, but now I can say that our latest projects are practically comparable with our foreign competitors and colleagues. The hardware of the Mi-28 and Ka-52 is definitely as good as the Apache systems,' Shibitov said on the sidelines of a conference in Tatarstan.

He also noted that the Mi-28 and Ka-52 are more than just helicopters; they can be described as 'helicopter complexes.'

Established in 2007, Russian Helicopters is one of the world's leaders in the helicopter-manufacturing industry and the single helicopter designer and producer in Russia. The holding comprises of five helicopter-manufacturing facilities, two design bureaus, repair facilities and a service company. The holding sells helicopters to Russian ministries, airlines and major foreign and domestic companies.

In 2014 Russian Helicopters' revenues rose by 22.8 percent, to 169.8 billion rubles ($3.3 billion at the current ruble exchange rate). A total of 271 helicopters were delivered.


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