In a move to remove dependence upon Ukrainian and Western origin engines, Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) has set up a new engine plant to manufacture VK-650V for light helicopters and TV7-117V for heavy choppers.
The new production facility has been launched at the Chernyshev Moscow Machine-Building Enterprise (MMP). The location, with nearly 130 new equipment is expected to be used for production of components for VK-650V and VK-1600V helicopter engines.
The VK-650V engine, developed by UEC-Klimov produces 650 hp. The first demonstrator engine was assembled in December 2020 and is expected to receive its type certificate by 2023. The VK-650V is the first domestic engine for light helicopters like the Ka-226T, Ansat-U, VRT-500 etc.
UEC also reported that it intends to increase production of compressors up to 500 units annually by 2025.