Kazan Helicopter Factory

Kazan Helicopter Factory

The Kazan helicopter factory has a nice history. It’s the place where biplans Po-2 were built, where every tenth combat plane was manufactured in the war time. The first Mi-1 helicopter was made in the shops of the factory in 1961 – the first one that was followed by twelve thousand more.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Kazan Helicopter Factory

7000 people are emplyed at the factory today. Annually they make approximately 110 helicopters, but we have to say that in 1987 they made twice more.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Kazan Helicopter Factory

They use various Japanese high quality machines “Mazak”.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Kazan Helicopter Factory

In the milling shop. Production performance of the factory has become four times higher.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

They do not use stamping anymore. Details are made from light-alloy blanks now.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

From a 4 kg workpiece they get a 200 grams detail. All metal shavings are recycled.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

In the milling shop.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Hub of the vibration damper.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Load bearing element of Mi-38 helicopter which is being tested now. They used to make a 100 kg detail from a workpiece with weight of two tons. Can you imagine how many metal chips they got?

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Every machine MAZAK is equipped with 120 instruments.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Quality control.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

This centre provides 240 instruments more.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

All instruments have built-in chips so the manufacturer can get any necessary production information immediately if they need.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

The night guard.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Such flat parts are made by the machine which is normally used for wood processing.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Shavings! It is going to be recycled.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Hub of the vibration damper – already assembled.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Ready frames.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

The shop of final assembly. The factory makes both combat and civil helicopters. Moreover, a client may order a special model, choose options and components he needs.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Helicopter cabin.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Light multi-purpose helicopter “Ansat”.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Helicopter blades can be both from metal and composite materials. These ones are mounted on Mi-17 (5 pcs) and Mi-38 (6 pcs).

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Modern helicopter is not a product fully made in one country. Clients often choose chairs from Germany, escape system from France, airborne radar from the USA…

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Every vehicle is assembled for a particular customer and made within the period from nine to twelve months.

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Kazan Helicopter Factory

Helicopter production fascinates and hypnotizes. It seems you can spend here long days. The Kazan helicopter factory is the place where the present connects with the past and slowly flows into the future. It’s the place where aviation aesthetics is created.

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