Russian Helicopters signs first export deal for Mi-171A2

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Staff Report

Dubai: During the international exhibition of Dubai Airshow 2017, Russian Helicopters concluded the first export contract for the supply of medium multirole helicopter Mi-171A2 with the Indian company Vectra Group.

In accordance with provisions of this agreement, Mi-171A2 will be delivered to the customer in 2018. Moreover, the contract provides for an option for purchasing of one more helicopter.

“A wide range of potential customers from all over the world are keeping a close eye on the development of this project and I’m sure  that certification and successful operation of Mi-171A2 in India will allow them to translate their interest into new contracts,” said CEO of Russian Helicopters Andrey Boginsky after signing of the contract.

The multirole helicopter Mi-171A2 is a result of in-depth modernization of helicopters from the world famous Mi-8/M- 17 series. There are about 80 modifications in the Mi-171A2 design as compared to the baseline model. The helicopter is equipped with the VK-2500PS- 03 engines with the digital control system. It also has a power unit with the increased capacity and, therefore, strengthened transmission.

Due to the digital navigation system with data indication on displays, the helicopter can be operated by a crew consisting of only two men. Introduction of equipment for diagnostics and monitoring of essential systems status as a part of airborne avionics has increased the helicopter reliability and made it possible to reduce maintenance time. The Mi-171A2 has a more effective X-type anti-torque rotor and a new main rotor with all-composite blades with the improved air frame configuration.