Russia merges Mil and Kamov Helicopters in major consolidation move

Respective brands to be kept alive but won't compete with one another

October 11, 2019 By Vishal Thapar Photo(s): By Russian Helicopters
Russia is redefining the market for Mil and Kamov, for both of which India is a major customer

Russia has merged its competing helicopter companies Mil and Kamov in a major consolidation move for its rotary wing industry.

The announcement was made on October 11 by the umbrella organisation, Russian Helicopters on behalf of the Rostec State Corporation.

Mil and Kamov will be merged and reorganised as the National Helicopter Centre. India is a big market for both Mil and Kamov, which are the backbone of the respective Indian Air Force and Navy rotary wing elements.

The first stage when two design bureaus are scheduled to make one company shall be completed by mid-2020. Further integration processes aimed at optimisation of the two design bureaus' activity within one company shall take up until 2022

While the Mil and Kamov brands will be retained, these will stop competing with each other.

"Earlier, there was certain competitiveness between the companies; the same types of rotorcraft were being developed in parallel. Our common objective is to compete with foreign manufacturers, not with each other. Consolidation of two schools shall advance the objective," Russian Helicopters announced in a statement.

"The first stage when two design bureaus are scheduled to make one company shall be completed by mid-2020. Further integration processes aimed at optimisation of the two design bureaus' activity within one company shall take up until 2022," it elaborated.

"Earlier, there was certain competitiveness between the companies; the same types of rotorcraft were being developed in parallel. Our common objective is to compete with foreign manufacturers, not with each other. Consolidation of two schools shall advance the objective," Russian Helicopters announced in a statement

"According to our estimates, distribution of tasks between the two design bureaus, and serial and aircraft repair plants of the Holding Company should cumulatively free up around 15-20% of annual working capacity of two design bureaus which can be allocated to the creation of technical groundwork and development of new helicopters," emphasised Mikhail Korotkevich, Russian Helicopters' Deputy Director General for science and technology policy and helicopter development while announcing the roadmap for the merger.

The new National Helicopter Center under which Mil and Kamov will merge will be named after Mikhail Mil and Nikolay Kamov, the respective founders of the helicopter design bureaus.