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VR-Technologies VRT500

Light Utility Helicopter

VR-Technologies VRT500

Light Utility Helicopter

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OVERVIEW



The Russian VR-Technologies VRT500 series light helicopter stands to threaten the hold Bell and Robinson have on the aircraft category.
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ORIGIN: Russia
YEAR: 2021
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): VR-Technologies (Russian Helicopters) - Russia
PRODUCTION: 0
OPERATORS: Russia (probable)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the VR-Technologies VRT500 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 1,874 pounds (850 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 3,527 pounds (1,600 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Turbine of unknown make, model, and output.
SPEED (MAX): 96 miles-per-hour (155 kilometers-per-hour; 84 knots)
RANGE: 529 miles (852 kilometers; 460 nautical miles)
CEILING: 20,013 feet (6,100 meters; 3.79 miles)




ARMAMENT



None.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• VRT500 - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the VR-Technologies VRT500 Light Utility Helicopter.  Entry last updated on 8/30/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The VRT500 is being developed by Russian Helicopters subsidiary VR-Technologies for the light-class (2-ton and under) civilian helicopter market. The aircraft was first announced during MAKS 2017. The current schedule sees a prototype recording a first-flight in 2019 and deliveries/service introduction to follow either in 2020 or in 2021.

The VRT500 utilizes a conventional layout with the twin-seat cockpit at front and a modest passenger cabin directly aft. Vision out-of-the-cockpit is excellent thanks to the heavy use of large window panes across the front and sides of the airframe. Overhead of the cabin is the single engine installation. A single-boom tail arrangement is in play at the rear of the design and its raised position allows a rear easy-access cargo door to be fitted. The occupants enter/exit the vehicle through hinged automobile-style doors for the pilots and sliding doors for the passengers (up to five passengers can be carried). A simple four-point skid arrangement is used for ground-running.

The one unique quality of the VRT500 is its Kamov-style co-axial main rotor fit which seats one main rotor over the other and both spin in opposite directions. This has the same effect as a tail rotor unit to eliminate the natural effects of torque upon the airframe. The twin main rotor reduces complexity to the tail section as no long drive shaft is needed to power a tail rotor system. Each main rotor assembly is equipped with three blades of carbon fiber construction.

As it stands, the VRT500 is set to have a payload capacity of 1,610lb and a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) nearing 3,527lb. Maximum speeds will reach 250 kmh with cruising closer to 230 kmh. Its service ceiling is estimated at 20,000 feet and range is out to 460 nautical miles.

The company is envisioning sales reaching 1,000 units before the end of 2035 - no doubt threatening the Bell and Robinson hold of the sub-2-ton helicopter market by a noticeable degree should the VRT500 prove a commercial success.




PROGRAM UPDATES

August 2018 - TsAGI os Russia has completed initial testing of a scale model form of the VRT500 helicopter. The model passes all critical aerodynamic phases to this point in the program.
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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (96mph).

    Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
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Graph showcases the VR-Technologies VRT500's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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