TsAGI and “Russian Helicopters” discuss prospects for the development of rotary-wing aircraft
11 September 2017
A delegation from the Holding Company “Russian Helicopters” visited the Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center “Institute named after N.E.Zhukovsky”) at the beginning of September 2017. The working visit included an examination of TsAGI’s experimental base and a meeting with the leadership of the Russian Center of aeronautical science.
The colleagues viewed a demonstration of the vertical wind tunnel, which actively used in testing helicopters, particularly rotary-wing aircraft. Opportunities for the use of TsAGI’s large subsonic installations, where the scientists conducted research on large-scale models, supersonic and transonic wind tunnels, filled the presentation on current work at the Institute.
Future development of domestic helicopter technology was discussed at the meeting with TsAGI Director General Sergey Chernyshev. They studied separately the topics of projects in this area, as well as plans to organize research work towards the establishment of new helicopters and upgrading existing ones. In particular, they talked about the developing of a new generation of light single-engine multirole helicopters. They reached a preliminary agreement to have a joint thematic scientific and technical council twice a year.
“We cooperate with TsAGI on a variety of projects, and their number will grow with the expansion of the product range,” explained the Director of “Russia helicopters” Andrei Boginskiy. “A light multirole helicopter developed by the holding company, is a high-tech, largely innovative machine and TsAGI possesses all the competences to conduct the tests.”
TsAGI has historically played an important role in the development of rotary-wing aircraft. The research unit of the Institute, which is responsible for the aerodynamics of helicopters, performs research aimed at improving these air assets, including increasing the speed, comfort and safety.