Russia's Unique Tiltrotor Aircraft Makes First Flight - Manufacturer
20:25 17.02.2016(updated 21:52 17.02.2016)
Russia has successfully tested its unique unmanned tiltrotor, a plane-helicopter hybrid, developed by the Russian Helicopters state holding, the company's press service said in a statement.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the press office, the tiltrotor can be used for monitoring duties, checking for fires in forest and built-up urban areas, taking aerial shots and transporting various types cargo to hard-to-reach areas.
'A unique unmanned tiltrotor has successfully completed a new testing stage by performing its first flight. The aircraft was created by VR-Technologies, an innovative design bureau, part of Russian Helicopters. A number of oil and gas companies and various government agencies are already showing interest in the unique project,' the press service said.
According to VR-Technologies CEO Alexander Okhonko, the aircraft's development started in 2015 and since then significant results have been achieved, including the start of the first stage of its test flights.
It is noted in the statement that a number of potential customers are ready to buy the aircraft for tasks related to monitoring and environmental control in areas where air strips cannot be used.
Tiltrotors are a special class of rotorcrafts that have a number of advantages over traditional aerial vehicles built along airplane or helicopter lines. They can make vertical takeoffs and landings on restricted landing pads while transporting passengers or cargo with greater speed and over longer distances than traditional helicopters.
Russian Helicopters is part of the state corporation Rostec and is the only helicopter design and production firm in Russia.
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