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How They Produce Helicopters in Kazan, Russia

Posted on July 11, 2016 by marina

Kazan Helicopter Plant is the world-renowned manufacturer of helicopters Mi-8 which are operated in more than 100 countries around the world. Modifications of these helicopters are available in a wide range, such as transport, passenger, rescue, airborne transport and many other.

Russian-made helicopters manufactured in Kazan in total have flown more than 50 million flight hours around the world.

In the history of the plant more than 12000 helicopters Mi-4, Mi-8, Mi-14, Mi-17, “Ansat” and their modifications were delivered in 100 countries of the world.

In 2015, the plant turned 75 years old. The history of the plant began in September, 1940.

The plant is the only company in the industry engaged in a full cycle of helicopters from the development and serial production to after-sales support staff training and making repairs.

During World War II the company produced about 10.5 thousand biplanes Po 2, “Light Cavalry” of the Soviet army.

In 1966 the factory No. 387 was renamed as Kazan Helicopter Plant. In 1973 year the plant mastered the production of amphibious helicopter Mi-14, which was widely used in naval aviation.

Lineup of the Company.


In 1993, the plant decided to expand the range of products. To this end, in 1996 there was created a design bureau and the plant received a developer license of helicopter technology. Creating of “Ansat” cannot be overstated: it is a symbol of the rebirth of domestic engineering and industrial potential of Russia.

“Ansat” is a light multipurpose helicopter of the own design of the Kazan helicopter plant. Helicopter program has been developed in two directions: military and civilian.

The training helicopter “Ansat-U” is purchased by the Ministry of Defense of Russia for flying schools and centers of combat training and comes as standard.

Using quick equipment, the universal “Ansat” helicopter can be quickly modified to perform a wide range of tasks: cargo delivery, passenger transport, search and rescue operations, patrolling, firefighting, emergency medical assistance.

At the beginning of 2015, the plant announced another success: the civil version of the helicopter “Ansat” with hydromechanical control system has received an addition to the aircraft type certificate MAC register, allowing the carriage of passengers on the commercial market.

During 2015, the certificate supplement on sanitary rescue option and the option with the VIP-lounge was received. At the end of 2015 the improvement of stability system was certified.

A few days ago the holding announced that the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tatarstan will be the first customer of the medical version of “Ansat”.


In late 2015 the holding “Russian Helicopters” received the type certificate for a transport multi-purpose medium-lift helicopter Mi-38 designed by Mil Moscow helicopter plant.

The certificate confirms the conformity of the model helicopter design requirements of the Russian and foreign aviation standards.  In 2016, the machine was running in full-scale production and it will be displayed in the Russian market.


Versatility and high performance characteristics made ​​helicopters Mi-8/17 one of the most popular helicopters in the world. The plant is constantly working on the development and improvement of the program.

Currently, there is a mass production of the three main modifications on the plant:

Mi-172 is a passenger modification intended for the carriage of passengers. Also available in special VIP modification.

Mi-8MTV-5 (MI-17-B5) is a transport modification intended for transportation of cargo inside the cab and on the external sling. Can be used for transportation of rescuers.

Mi-8 MTV-1 (Mi-17-1B) is a multipurpose modification, on the basis of which the helicopters are available for various purposes including a flying hospital.

The modernization of warehousing and logistics was recently completed. At the turn of 2014 and 2015, the new building of paint shop has been opened; in August, just before the anniversary, it launched a new aggregate-assembly plant.



Entrance through the cargo bay.

You can also try yourself in the role of a helicopter pilot, flying on a simulator of Mi-8 MTV.

Instructor’s workplace.

At the end of the flight all the “pilots” have issued a certificate of airworthiness.


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