MOSCOW, August 22 (Itar-Tass) - President Vladimir Putin is expected to make a working trip to Russia’s southern Rostov region Thursday, the Kremlin press service said.
One of the items on his itinerary is a familiarization tour of the Rosvertrol helicopter factory located there. It belongs to the Vertrolyoty Rossii /Russian Helicopters/ holding company.
Putin will be taken to one of the factory’s production workshops for a detailed examination of the manufacturing procedures.
Also, he will chair a conference on the current status of and prospects for the helicopter-building industry in Russia.
Other government officials who are supposed to attend the conference are Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Presidential Aide Andrei Beloussov, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, and Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov.
Apart from the conference on the helicopter industry, Putin will also chair a meeting on the social and economic development of the Rostov region that will bring together the President’s plenipotentiary representative in the Southern Federal District, Vladimir Ustinov, the Rostov region Governor, Vassily Golubev, and the heads of largest industrial facilities located there.
Rosvertol factory is one of the largest manufacturing outlets of the Vertolyoty Rossii holding company. It was founded - under a different name then - July 1, 1939, for the manufacturing of airliners and warplanes.
The factory went public in 1992 and changed its name to OAO Rosvertol. Vertolyoty Rossii acquired it in December 2010.
The factory’s current list of offers includes the new-generation attack helicopter Mi-28NE Night Hunter /NATO reporting name ‘Havoc’/, the Mi-24P multirole helicopter, the Mi-26T heavy-duty hauler, and its modernized version Mi-26T2.
The factory’s parent company occupies 85% of the Russian market of helicopters and 14% on the world market. At the beginning of 2013, its products accounted for 35% of the global fleet of combat helicopters, 17% of the global fleet of super-heavy helicopters with the takeoff weight exceeding 20 tons, and 56% of the fleet of medium-heavy helicopters with the takeoff weight of 8 to 15 tons.