To drill for oil in the Arctic, Russian oil companies host a fleet of Arctic aviation and ships. The larger companies have hired atomic ice breakers to deliver their teams deep into the Arctic. Those ice breakers often carry helicopters on board. They are used for research and scouting, for human transportation and the delivery of shipments to the drilling operations.
This is just one of their scout brigades, as in 2013 this company used a total of thirteen ships and three helicopters for their Arctic exploration. The exploration by these companies now exceeds the exploration the Soviet Union has carried out in this region.
Here is an example of the flying machines being used – the KA-32C.
The KA-32C can carry people, payloads, service the drilling operations, both on the ground and in the seas.
The author says that those KA helicopters are exclusively tuned to work in co-operation with icebreakers and are unique in the world.
The helicopter weighs 7 tons and can carry suspended loads weighing almost as much as its own weight – up to 5 ton.
The copter has special lights that are used in the long Arctic nights.
And one more light.
The copter can go as fast as 200 km/h and has a range of up to 800 km, depending on the weather conditions.
It’s being launched with the help of catapult and has a range of as far as 500 km.
Then it lands with a parachute.
And a rescue team goes to fetch the plane.