Russian Premier League soccer side CSKA Moscow have signed a sponsorship deal with aircraft manufacturer Russian Helicopters.
Details of the deal have not been released, but a report on Inside World Football quotes Russian Helicopters chief executive Alexander Mikheev on the partnership.
“I’m persuaded that our cooperation will help the team and bolster the performance of Russian sportsmen,” said Mikheev.
“The support provided by the representatives of a major Russian industry is very important to us,” said Yevgeni Giner, CSKA’s owner and chief executive, in another quote on Inside World Football.
Owned by Russian aerospace holding company Oboronprom, Russian Helicopter’s products accounted for around 85 per cent of the rotorcraft market in Russia in 2012, and 14 per cent of worldwide helicopter sales.
A key supplier of the Russian military, Russian Helicopters is likely to draw on the army links of CSKA Moscow, which was the official team of the Soviet Army during the communist era.