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Russian Helicopters to Merge Mil and Kamov Design Bureaus

Russian Helicopters has decided to merge Mil and Kamov into one unit— National Helicopter Center—for more efficient and higher-quality rotorcraft design and upgrade. The individual brands shall be preserved as freestanding and the personnel of both bureaus shall make part of the newly formed NHC.

The board of directors of Russian Helicopters, which is part of the larger Russian government owned Rostec State Corporation, took this decision as part of its effort in getting rid of administrative, legal and economic barriers currently in the way of cooperation between the two design teams.

“Working as a united team shall optimize the activities of a number of back-office and administrative units. Such an approach will set up the environment for smooth exchange of technical solutions and achievements, efficient distribution of workload between the subdivisions and unification of technical standards. Among the expected benefits are reduced labour costs, improved managerial and production efficiency, enhanced quality of design and less time before release for serial production,” says Mikhail Korotkevich, Deputy Director General for science and technology policy and helicopter development at JSC “Russian Helicopters”, who presented the roadmap for consolidating design bureaus at the Board meeting.

The first stage when two design bureaus are scheduled to make one company shall be completed by mid- 2020. Further integration processes aimed at optimization of the two design bureaus’ activity within one company shall take up until 2022. Russian Helicopters estimates that the distribution of tasks between the two design bureaus, and serial and aircraft repair plants of the Holding Company should cumulatively free up around 15 per cent to 20 per cent of annual working capacity of two design bureaus which can be allocated to the creation of technical groundwork and development of new helicopters.

“Earlier, there was certain competitiveness between the companies; the same types of Rotorcraft were being developed in parallel. Our common objective is to compete with foreign manufacturers, not with each other. Consolidation of two schools shall advance the objective,” said Mikhail Korotkevich.

Economic effect from design bureau consolidation is expected due to optimization of the use of common ground infrastructure and reduction of expenses for performing same-type tests. At the same time, a part of freed resources shall be channelled towards enhancing scientific and technical potential and engaging new designers.

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