Big Russian Aviation Factory

Big Russian Aviation Factory

The aviation factory of Ulan-Ude, Russia, is the only enterprise in the country that makes both aircraft and helicopters. In its 75-year long history, it has made over nine thousand flying vehicles. Today, products of the factory are successfully used in Russia and other states of the world (more than 40 countries throughtout Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, Oceania…).

Big Russian Aviation Factory

The factory started operations repairing I-16 fighters and SB bombers in July 1939. During the war, it was making bodies and tails for Pe-2 planes, and since 1943 it started to make La-5 fighters, and later – La-7 and La-9.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

After the war, the enterprise started production of a training jet fighter, the MiG-15 UTI. In 1956 it started to make helicopters, too. The first ones were coaxial piston helicopters – Ka-15, later – Ka-18, in 1965-1975 –  gas turbine shipborne helicopters, Ka-25.

In the early 1960s here they made high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft and target airplanes Yak-25RV, as well as sea and ground launched cruise missiles S-5 and P-5D. At the same time the first passenger planes, An-24, started to be made, too.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

An-24 assembly.

In the 70s the factory was already making MiG-27M, and in the 80s – attack planes Su-25UB, and shipborne planes Su-25UTG.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Today, the aviation factory of Ulan-Ude makes Mi-8/17 helicopters, Mi-8AMT and Mi-171, military ones – Mi8AMTSH, Mi-171SH. Maybe in the near future they will start making Su-25 attack planes again as well.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

The enterprise performs the entire production cycle: it makes composite materials, provides technical maintenance, trains personnel, etc. It has its own runway and modern flight testing facilities.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Factory director, Leonid Belykh.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Mechanical processing shop – the kingdom of aluminium alloys and automatics.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

New vibration absorber hubs are made from a solid piece of metal.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

They have several modernization projects being realized at the factory.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Depending on the detail shape, they use different machines.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Light alloys require cutters and drills.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

All instruments should be of high quality.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Mechanical treatment is followed by anti-corrosion treatment and coating.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

“The best blades of Russia – for the best helicopters of the world!”

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Tailboom is ready to be coupled with the body.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Coated details are coming to assembly rigs.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

A ramp compartment for a helicopter is an option.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Mi-171A2 – the newest modification of the Mi-8/17 series.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

The zone of tightness control.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Body panel joints are tested by a pressurized water spray.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

When the basic elements of a helicopter are assembled, the vehicle comes to the shop for the installation of avionics and additional equipment. Each vehicle is made according to the needs of the customer.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Kilometers of wiring…

Big Russian Aviation Factory

In the shop for final assembly.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Next year, they will start making their first Arctic helicopters – Mi-8AMTSH-VA.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

A fully ready Mi-8AMT (Mi-171).

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Military and transport Mi-8AMTSH.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

This Mi-171 is as yet unpainted.

Big Russian Aviation Factory

Today, Ulan-Ude aviation factory (U-UAZ) represents a modern, high-tech enterprise whose annual output is 100 helicopters of the Mi-8/17 series. It actively modernizes its production and invests in social projects. U-UAZ is a city-forming company, its works considerably influence social and economic development of Ulan-Ude city and the entire republic of Buryatia.

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6 thoughts on “Big Russian Aviation Factory”

  1. So it’s here that some of the tools stolen in Ukraine will be reinstalled ?

    About the buried soldiers in Pskov, I know fully understand why there will be no pics on this site 🙂

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/paratroopers-grave-markings-vanish-as-rumors-circulate-they-were-killed-in-ukraine/506020.html

    I guess some want to live, and fully understand it…

    • Alain – You have a one-track mind, and need help from a psychiatrist.
      This is a posting about an aviation factory in Russia.
      You might think is about something else, or WANT it to be, but it’s not.
      Please go and be a nuisance on a site where somebody cares about what you want to say. You’re not wanted here.

      • Hugh, it’s not because you do not want to see the facts that they will disappear. I love Russia (which is why I read this website) but not THIS Russia (which is why I do these comments about its dark side, which I though was long gone – so long…)

        • –Alain, this is not a dedicated News site. Let me know if you can find the status of Guantanamo prison in the National Geographic. LOL.

          As said before you can find more details in another site (a News site) and relieve all your biased pulsions and feverish adgenda in there.

        • ….by tha way Alain, maybe you can explain the ‘humanitarian corridor’ opened by Russia to be used by the surrounded Ukrainian troops INTO Russia!

          http://euronews.com/2014/07/27/russia-opens-humanitarian-corridor-for-injured-ukrainian-troops-russian-state-/

          http://article.wn.com/view/2014/08/06/Russia_UN_call_for_humanitarian_corridors_in_Ukraine/

          It also ‘happened’, but it’s not in this post either.

          I guess some want to live, and fully understand it…

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