Liebherr to equip VRT-500 with environmental control system

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 civil helicopter, the VRT-500.

The VRT-500 helicopter will have the Liebherr environmental control system on board. VR-Technologies Photo

The agreement to supply the light single-engine multi-purpose VRT-500 helicopter with the environmental control system includes the cooling system as well. VR-Technologies anticipates the VRT-500’s breadth of application to be quite diverse – from private use, taxing, tourism, news/media and logistics all the way to rescue and ambulance services.

The forecast for deliveries of the VRT-500 is quite solid. The helicopter was first revealed to the world in 2018. Liebherr-Aerospace is proud to share the news that they will partner with VR-Technologies which channels the proven expertise in developing helicopters with today’s market demands.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded this contract by VR-Technologies. We have built a solid reputation in the helicopter market by supplying various systems to our customers. The addition of VR-Technologies to our portfolio is an honor and we look forward to serving them,” said Nicolas Bonleux, chief commercial officer, Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS.

Alexander Okhonko, general manager of VR-Technologies (left) and Nicolas Bonleux, chief commercial officer, Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS, shake hands after the contract signature at MAKS 2019. Liebherr Photo

“We are happy to announce that Liebherr-Aerospace will be one of our suppliers in this venture,” said Alexander Okhonko, general manager of VR-Technologies. “Their know-how, reputation and customer-centric approach were decisive factors to bring them on board our VRT-500 program. This is a new milestone for us and we are happy to lock hands with an industry-leader such as Liebherr-Aerospace.  We are paving our way to a new development, reaching a broader global customer network; thus, having strong and well respected supplier network by our side is of the utmost importance to us.”

The VRT-500 is a five-passenger, light single-engine multipurpose helicopter expected to be highly successful in Europe with EASA certification in the horizon. With cruise speed of 225 km/h (approx. 140 miles per hour) and max range of 860 km (approx. 534 miles), this helicopter is bound to become a versatile solution to a multitude of industries.

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