In Siberia, Russian Helo Maker Invests To Grow

Russian helicopter
As an Mil Mi-171 underwent a flight test in September at the Ulan Ude Aviation Plant, Russian Helicopters was searching for new export customers from Kazakhstan to India to Africa.
Credit: Steve Trimble/AW&ST
Leonid Belykh is preparing the Ulan Ude Aviation Plant for an improbably historic growth spurt. He started working at the sprawling aircraft factory deep in the Siberian taiga 50 years ago as a circuit installer, so now, as general manager, Belykh’s paternal pride shows as he rattles off a list of...

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