As reported by Censor.NET citing the statement by the NSDC press service, Turchynov paid a working visit to two helicopter manufacturers CHEZARA and VIBSTON AERO located in Kyiv region to examine manufacturing facilities and the production process.
The official noticed that Ukraine continues the tradition of its famous national Igor Sikorsky by launching production of helicopters of different classes. The NSDC chief recalled that the products of the Motor Sich is well-known throughout the world, "but in recent years, six new firms producing lightweight helicopters have been established in the country." "Today, we visited two such enterprisesIn in the Kyiv region alone," he added.
According to Turchynov, young promising designers and engineers create lightweight multipurpose helicopters, "which can be used in the border troops, the State Emergency Service, to track and deal with the emergencies, in reconnaissance and tactical level combat missions in the Armed Forces, etc."
"But in addition to the security and defense sector, helicopter production is a promissing direction for the civilian sector. Light helicopters, mobile and fast, can solve transportation issues," he said. "So it is time to look at the helicopter as a conventional and efficient vehicle," Turchynov said.
The official also emphasized that domestic infrastructure is not ready to use helicopters on a large scale, which "can be quickly changed upon request." He added that many countries had chosen the path of developing helicopter infrastructure and easing the use of air, and their experience should be considered.
"Ukraine has many problems with road construction, which are hard and slow to solve. But our sky meets the best European standards without any investment, and it does not need patch repair where one can steal money. That is why light helicopters can be in demand on the domestic market, and the price offered by Ukrainian producers is substantially lower than the one of the foreign counterparts. An average company can already afford such helicopters," he summed up.