Liebherr to equip VRT-500 with environmental control system


Liebherr-Aerospace press release | September 6, 2019

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Liebherr-Aerospace announced at the 16th MAKS Airshow that it has signed an agreement with VR-Technologies, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, to be the supplier of the environmental control system for the company’s new civilian helicopter, the VRT-500.

The VRT-500 helicopter will be equipped with the Liebherr environmental control system. VR-Technologies Photo

The agreement for the supply of the VRT-500 light single-engine multi-purpose helicopter with the environmental control system also includes the cooling system. VR-Technologies anticipates that the scope of applications of the VRT-500 will be very diverse – from private use, taxation, tourism, news / media and logistics to rescue and ambulance services.

The VRT-500 delivery forecasts are quite solid. The helicopter was first unveiled to the world in 2018. Liebherr-Aerospace is proud to announce its partnership with VR-Technologies, which channels proven expertise in the development of helicopters that meet current market demands.

“We are delighted to have won this contract with VR-Technologies. We have built a solid reputation in the helicopter market by providing various systems to our customers. Adding VR-Technologies to our portfolio is an honor and we look forward to serving them, ”said Nicolas Bonleux, Commercial Director of Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS.

Alexander Okhonko, Managing Director of VR-Technologies (left) and Nicolas Bonleux, Commercial Director, Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS, shake hands after signing the contract at MAKS 2019. Photo Liebherr

“We are pleased to announce that Liebherr-Aerospace will be one of our suppliers in this business,” said Alexander Okhonko, Managing Director of VR-Technologies. “Their know-how, their notoriety and their customer-centric approach were decisive factors in integrating them into our VRT-500 program. This is a new step for us and we are happy to partner with an industry leader such as Liebherr-Aerospace. We are paving the way for further development, reaching a wider global customer network; therefore, having a strong and well-respected supplier network by our side is of the utmost importance to us.

The VRT-500 is a lightweight, five-passenger, single-engine, multi-purpose helicopter that is expected to be a big hit in Europe with EASA certification on the horizon. With a cruising speed of 225 km / h (approximately 140 miles per hour) and a maximum range of 860 km (approximately 534 miles), this helicopter is destined to become a versatile solution for a multitude of industries.


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