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VR-Technologies VRT500

Light Utility Helicopter

The Russian VR-Technologies VRT500 series light helicopter stands to threaten the hold Bell and Robinson have on the aircraft category.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 8/30/2018
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Year: 2021
Status: In-Development
Manufacturer(s): VR-Technologies (Russian Helicopters) - Russia
Production: 0
Capabilities: Close-Air Support (CAS); Commercial Market; VIP Transport; Medical Evacuation; Search and Rescue (SAR); Reconnaissance (RECCE); Training; Basic Training;
Crew: 1
Weight (Empty): 1,874 lb (850 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 3,527 lb (1,600 kg)
Power: 1 x Turbine of unknown make, model, and output.
Speed: 96 mph (155 kph; 84 kts)
Ceiling: 20,013 feet (6,100 m; 3.79 miles)
Range: 529 miles (852 km; 460 nm)
Operators: Russia (probable)
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.



Variants / Models

• VRT500 - Base Series Designation
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