Russia produces 750th Mi-8AMT / Mi-171

Russia produces 750th Mi-8AMT / Mi-171

22-Aug-2013 Source: Russian Helicopters

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP), a Russian Helicopters company, has produced the 750th Mi-8AMT (the export designation – Mi-171). The landmark was achieved on the eve of the MAKS 2013 International Aviation & Space Salon, one of the largest aviation forums anywhere in the world.

The Mi-8AMTSh will enter service with the Russian Defence Ministry. According to the Ministry, the ruggedness, reliability and survivability of Mi-8/17-series helicopters have repeatedly proven themselves when carrying out missions. These helicopters have on numerous occasions saved the lives of their crew and passengers, delivered essential cargoes and ferried wounded people to get medical treatment. The helicopter has proved to be a versatile machine that has earned the trust of aircrews.

“It is symbolic that this ‘landmark’ helicopter should be delivered to the Defence Ministry,” said UUAP Managing Director Leonid Belykh. “We have enjoyed a fruitful relationship with the Ministry for many years, and are continuing to develop this partnership.”

Today the Mi-8AMT is fitted with various additional equipment to expand its potential uses, including a spotlight with IR filter, a FLIR system and various winches, while additional fuel tanks can be added to increase the helicopter’s range. Flight safety is provided by advanced in-cockpit piloting and navigational equipment and a system for emergency landings on water, while air-conditioning is installed for the comfort of passengers and crew.

Helicopters of the Mi-8/17 series enjoy global renown and are in constant demand, and for many years has set the standard for medium-class helicopters. The first Mi-8AMT (Mi-171) was produced in 1991. Since then, its construction and equipment have undergone continuous updating and new versions have been developed, strengthening the position of this Russian best-seller on the global market.

Russian Helicopters is now developing a new model in the Mi-8/17 series: the multirole Mi-171A2. The Company plans to demonstrate the first prototype with new on-board radio-electronic equipment and VK-2500 engines at MAKS 2013, which takes place in the town of Zhukovsky near Moscow from 27 August to 1 September. At present a number of key parts are being tested in a “flying laboratory”: a new rotor with blades made of composite materials, an X-shaped tail rotor, a modified hub and swash plate. In total more than 100 modifications are planned. Certification of the new machine is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, with deliveries to customers starting in 2015.

The Mi-171 is a completely updated version of the globally renowned Mi-8. The helicopter was developed at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and is produced at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, both of which are Russian Helicopters companies. The Mi-171 can carry up to 26 people in passenger seats, carry cargo of up to 4,000 kg in the cabin and on an external sling, and can lift, load or unload cargo while in flight. The Mi-171 received a new type certification in Russia in 2012, and has also received type recognition certification in Indonesia. At present more than 700 Mi-171-type helicopters are in service in countries across Central and South-East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Latin America, Russia and the CIS.

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant is a Russian Helicopters production facility. The plant has extensive and advanced manufacturing and technical capabilities that enable it to quickly launch production of new aircraft types and also to build prototypes and mass-produce helicopters. The plant has built more than 8,000 machines in its 70-year history. Today it specializes in the production of the Mi-171 (Mi-8AMT) and Mi-171Sh helicopters.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of State CorporationRostec. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. Over 8000 helicopters of Soviet/Russian make are operated in 110 countries worldwide. Traditionally the demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia, and CIS countries. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2012 its IFRS revenues increased 21% to RUB 125,7billion. Deliveries reached 290 helicopters.

UIC Oboronprom, JSC is a multi-profile industrial and investment group established in 2002. It is a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. Its main tasks include: helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters, JSC) and engine-building (United Engine Industry Corporation managing company).

State Corporation Rostec was established in 2007 to support Russian industry in developing, producing and exporting high-tech industrial products for civil and military use. It includes 663 companies, currently organised into eight defence holdings and five holdings for civil industries. Rostec has a presence in 60 of Russia’s regions, and exports its products to 70 countries. Rostec had revenues of RUB 931 billion in 2012, and net profit of RUB 38.5 billion. The holding paid more than RUB 109 billion into budgets of all levels.

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