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VR-Technologies VRT500

Light Utility Helicopter (LUH)

Russia | 2024

"The Russian VR-Technologies VRT500 series light helicopter stands to threaten the hold Bell and Robinson have on the aircraft category."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the VR-Technologies VRT500 Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).
1 x Pratt & Whitney PW207V gas turbine of unknown output power driving 2 x Three-bladed main rotors in co-axial arrangement.
96 mph
155 kph | 84 kts
Max Speed
20,013 ft
6,100 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
529 miles
852 km | 460 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the VR-Technologies VRT500 Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).
1,874 lb
(850 kg)
Empty Weight
3,527 lb
(1,600 kg)
Notable series variants as part of the VR-Technologies VRT500 family line.
VRT500 - Base Series Designation

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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.

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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.

February 2021 - The Russian government has approved a joint-venture between Russian Helicopters and Tawazun Strategic Development Fund of the United Arab Emirates regarding expansion of the VRT500 helicopter program.

Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the VR-Technologies VRT500. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): VR-Technologies (Russian Helicopters) - Russia
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Image from official Russian Helicopters released imagery.

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