First Russian Electric Tiltrotor Aircraft Prototype to be Built by 2019

Specialists of VR-Technologies, the innovation design office of Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) plans to build a prototype for the first electric tiltrotor aircraft in Russia with a takeoff weight of up 1.5 tonnes.

The VRT30 unmanned tiltrotor aircraft which will be the basis for developing the 1.5-tonen machine was presented at the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi. Electric aircraft are environmentally safe, and this is one of their main advantages due to a low level of noise and the absence of noxious substances emission.

“We are currently developing a new flying laboratory for a tiltrotor aircraft; its on-board cable network will have high-temperature superconductivity technologies, which will improve properties of the prototype such as weight, dimensions and handling qualities,” emphasised General Director of Russian Helicopters Holding Company Andrey Boginsky.

The advantage of aircraft designed on the basis of a tiltrotor is that a runway is not required for their operation. In addition, a tiltrotor aircraft is able to maintain a higher speed and perform tasks in hover mode as well, owing to a tilt rotor mechanism.


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