Head of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency Alexander Neradko and Deputy Director General of the Turkish General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Can Erel signed a working agreement that opens up opportunities for the delivery of Russian Ka-32 helicopters to Turkey, as reported on the website of the Federal Air Transport Agency of Russia.
As noted in the report, the agreement provides for the delivery of helicopters in the spring of 2018.
“The agreement is aimed at providing the appropriate documents for the helicopters,” states the report. Rosaviatsia noted that this would create favorable conditions for the export of Russian aviation equipment to Turkey.
During the signing ceremony, Neredko and Erel announced plans to further develop cooperation between Russia and Turkey on air transport issues.
The Ka-32 helicopter, produced by the Helicopters of Russia company, is a multifunction transport helicopter. It weighs 6.8 tons. The helicopter’s crew consists of three people, and it can carry up to 13 people. The Ka-32 can reach a cruising speed of 220 km/h. The flight range is 800 km.
In the summer of 2017, Turkey and Russia reached an agreement on the delivery of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system. According to the general director of Rostec, Sergey Chemezov, the system will cost more than $2 billion.
In February, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country decided to purchase the S-400 because of a possible attack from Syria. According to him, the civil war in the Syrian Arab Republic, which has been going on since 2011, has become an impetus to strengthen and modernize Turkey’s defense, including the area of anti-missile defense.