Russian Helicopters show off VRT500 Mockup at Milan Design Week

Russian Helicopters show off VRT500 Mockup at Milan Design Week
Multipurpose VRT500 lightweight helicopter mockup at the Milan Design Week exhibition. Image source: Russian Helicopters.

AVTENRussian Helicopters subsidiary company, VR-Technologies design Bureau presented a mockup of the light multi-purpose helicopter VRT500 at the Fuorisalone exhibition (part of the Milan Design Week event). The event held from 8 to 14 April 2019.

The helicopter model is presented at the exhibition of ItalDesign, which was one of the developer companies of VRT500.

Currently specialists of Russian Helicopters are developing the construction documentation of the helicopter. This stage is scheduled to be finished at the end of 2021 with the production of the first series of VRT500 in the Ulan-Ude aviation plant.

"VRT500 will become a competitive product in the market of light single-engine helicopters and allows Holding Company to join this new segment for the first time," said VR-Technologies CEO Alexander Okhonko, Wednesday (4/10/2019).

"'Russian Helicopters' consider Europe as a potential market, so we plan to apply the helicopter for certification to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) this year. We’ll start testing the first prototype in 2020," pointed out Alexander.

VR500 is a lightweight helicopter with coaxial rotors. This helicopter can fly with a maximum takeoff weight of 1,600 kg.

This helicopter equipped with the latest interactive avionics and have the most spacious passenger cabin in its class with the total capability of 5 persons

This helicopter has a maximum speed of 250 km/h, has a flight range of 860 km and can carry a payload of up to 730 kg.