Russian Helicopters has carried out the maiden flight of its first multi-role M-171A2 helicopter and will deliver it to UTair-Helicopter Services for experimental operation in polar-regions.
"It's a brand new machine, with advanced digital technologies on board and entirely different performance characteristics. Potential buyers first of all include the countries using its predecessors – Mi-8/17. Now we are negotiating the certification of Mi-171A2 in Latin America. Some interest is also being taken by Asian, African, former Soviet Union countries," Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov said Monday.
Mi-171A2 is the first helicopter created with the use of advanced digital technologies and put to production with a partial transition to electronic design documentation. Parts making on numerical control machines with the use of mathematical models have cut the process time, the company said.
There are about 80 modifications in the Mi-171A2 design. The helicopter is equipped with the VK-2500PS-03 engines with the digital control system. The helicopter has a X-type anti-torque rotor and a new main rotor with all-composite blades with airfoil shape. Thus, the thrust of the Mi-171A2 main rotor increases by more than 700 kg.
In prospect, it is planned to commission a Mi-171A2 simulator on partially movable platform for training of flight personnel. Cruise and maximum speed indicators of Mi-171A2 have increased by 10% relating to production helicopters Mi-8/17. The helicopter may be used around the clock, in highland conditions, at low and high temperatures, high humidity and overwater.
The digital avionics set KBO-17 ("glass cabin"), including the navigation instrumentation and the system of general helicopter equipment with display data indication, allowed the company to reduce the crew to only two people. The cabin ergonomics have also changed due to redistribution of flight engineer functions to commander and co-pilot. Video cameras have increased the flight safety by improving the vision of external environment, including rear and lower hemispheres.
In August 2017, the helicopter was certified by the Federal Air Transport Agency of the Russian Federation according to Category A providing for meeting the most stringent requirements to flight safety specified for civilian helicopters.
Russian Helicopters concluded the first export contract for the supply of medium multirole helicopter Mi-171A2 with the Indian company Vectra Group during the second day of the Dubai Airshow 2017. In accordance with provisions of this agreement, Mi-171A2 will be delivered to the customer in 2018
The Russian Helicopters plans to sign a contract with India on supply of Mi-171A2, the companys Director General Andrei Boginsky said. "At the show, we plan signing a contract with an Indian company on supply of Mil Mi-171A2, and certifying it on this market," Andrei was quoted as saying by
Russian Mi-171A2 Helicopter has obtained a type certificate for operations in a convertible configuration from the Federal Air Transport Agency of the Russian Federation (Rosaviatsia). The type certificate confirms that the Mi-171A2 developed at Moscow Mil Helicopter Plant has been approved to transport passengers and cargoes day and night in standard and adverse weather conditions, including over water areas both as per Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)
Russian Helicopters will showcase a Mi-171A2, an Ansat and a Ka-226T in the passenger mode at the 8th International Airshow, November 16-19 on Kish Island, Iran. Russian Helicopters will show a wide range of multirole civilian rotorcraft with goals to increase demand in Iran and from other customers in the Middle East
Russian Helicopters will begin serial production of its newest helicopter, the MI-171A2, in the first quarter of 2017. "Our challenge in the first quarter of 2017 is to get the certificate and launch mass production," Leonid Belykh, managing director of the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAZ) was quoted as saying by TASS
Russian Helicopters signed a contract to supply 104 Ansat and 46 Mi-8AMT medically equipped helicopters to National Service of Medical Aviation and Avia Capital Services LLC during the Hydroaviasalon-2018 exhibition, Monday. Rostec subsidiary also signed agreements on after-sales service
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