DUBAI—Russian Helicopters is to build its new VRT500 single-engine light helicopter in Italy. The move, detailed by the company’s general manager for technology, Alexander Okhonko, at the Dubai Airshow here on Nov. 18, appears to be a radical departure for an OEM that has traditionally built its helicopters domestically. The 1.65-metric-ton, single-engine, co-axial helicopter was designed by Italy-based automotive design house Italdesign, and already features significant ...

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