Russian Helicopters is also aiming to obtain future EASA certification for the platform. Company officials present at Helitech International said that discussions have already taken place with EASA as the OEM looks to demonstrate demand within the region.
The prototype aircraft has undergone ground testing this year ahead of a targeted first flight in 2019. Production, which could run to an eventual 60 aircraft a year, is scheduled for 2022.
Development of the VRT500 began in 2016. The VRT500 (pictured) was unveiled on 24 May at HeliRussia 2018.