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At the Dubai Airshow, VR-Technologies (part of Russian Helicopters Holding Company) and Pratt & Whitney Canada signed a contract to fit the light VRT500 helicopter with gas-turbine PW207V engines.
PW207V is the advanced modification of PW200 family engines with the capacity of up to 700 horsepower designed for light-class rotorcraft. All in all, over 5,000 powerplants of this type have been produced by now. They have clocked more than 11 million flight hours.
“PW200 family engines have shown excellent performance as reliable powerplants for helicopters,” said Andrey Boginsky, director general of Russian Helicopters Holding Company. “Currently they are being operated in more than 80 countries worldwide which should considerably simplify the certification of VRT500 and render its after-sales support more accessible and efficient. Russian Helicopters have a successful experience of cooperation with Pratt & Whitney Canada, and I am sure that VRT500 project shall strengthen the partnership between the companies.”
“The main component of any operating system is the engine,” said Alexander Okhonko, CEO of VR Technologies. “We are thrilled to announce VRT500 will be powered by PW200 engines, an engine and brand with a proven track record in safety, reliability, economy and ease of maintenance which of course is key for our helicopter operators.”
“Congratulations to VR Technologies for launching the VRT500 helicopter,” said Anthony Rossi, vice president, business development and commercial services, Pratt & Whitney. “We are proud that they have selected the PW207V engine. We look forward to working together to make this innovative platform a global success.”