Russian Helicopters to create VRT500 prototype by the end of 2019
Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) has announced it will produce a prototype of the light utility helicopter VRT500, designed by VR-Technologies design bureau, by the end of 2019.

Helicopter rotor system strength tests are now underway. VR-Technologies’ specialists are going to start aerodynamic tests in the near future.
The helicopter is expected to be supplied in the following configurations: passenger, utility, cargo, training, VIP, and medevac.

VRT500 will be the first medevac helicopter in the world in the segment of helicopters with a maximum take-off weight up to two tons to ensure loading and unloading of unified gurneys through the rear cabin doors, which simplifies the process and significantly reduces time.

This helicopter combines high flight performance and a great price with operating costs, in addition to its spacious cabin — the largest in its class. These characteristics will allow VRT500 to occupy up to 15 percent of the global market of civil helicopters with a maximum take-off weight up to two tons.

“We expect to produce and sell an average of 700 helicopters by 2030,” said Alexander Okhonko, VR-Technologies’ director general.
According to Okhonko, about 30 percent of supply would be destined to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and about 15 percent would be sent to North America, Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Russia and CIS.

VRT500 is a light single-engine helicopter with coaxial rotor scheme and 1,600-kilogram take-off weight. This helicopter will feature the most spacious transport and cargo cabin in its class with a total capacity of up to five people, and will be equipped with the state-of-the art glass cockpit avionics suite.

With improved performance characteristics, this helicopter will be capable of accelerating up to 230 kilometers per hour and will achieve a range of up to 1,000 km and a payload of up to 750 kilograms.