Pratt & Whitney Canada is to invest an average of C$10 million ($6.65 million) per year in Russia over the next five years in a bid to further develop its Russian aerospace activities.

P&WC chief executive Gilles Ouimet says the company is "very pleased" with the progress of its Russian engine programmes and aims to open new opportunities in a market where there is "good potential expansion".

P&WC is working on three main programmes in Russia: the PW207K for the Kazan six-to-eight seat ANSAT twin-engined helicopter; the PW127TS turboshaft for the Euromil 30-seat M-38 helicopter and the PW12711 turboprop for the Ilyushin IL-114-100 regional twin.

P&WC also has a wholly-owned Russian subsidiary, the P&W-Rus design bureau of St Petersburg, which the company says will be given an expanded mandate.

Source: Flight International