4-May-2017 Source: Russian Helicopters
Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, handed over a civilian multirole helicopter Mi-171E to the Punjab province government of the Republic of Pakistan. The helicopter was manufactured at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant and has already been accepted by the customer’s representatives. The rotorcraft will be delivered to its destination by air transport.
Under the terms of the contract, the helicopter is manufactured in an easily convertible version, which will allow it to be used both in a transport mode and in a VIP configuration allowing to take 13 passengers on board accompanied by a flight attendant. In the transport configuration, the Mi-171E can carry up to 27 passengers in folding seats and up to 4 tons of cargo inside the cargo cabin or on an external sling.
“Russian Helicopters is expanding its supply markets for the world famous Russian aircraft. Among our customers there are more civil operators now, in particular from South Asia. Each helicopter is unique, and the execution is maximally aimed at effective solution of tasks for buyers,” said Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO for Marketing and Business Development Alexander Shcherbinin.
It is expected that the leadership of the Punjab province will use the Mi-171E multirole helicopter for passenger and cargo transportation, sanitary tasks, patrolling and emergency situations. The scope of application of this helicopter is further expanded by installing a set of search and rescue equipment – the LPG-150 winches and the TSL-1600 searchlight. Increased safety is ensured by installation of a ground proximity warning system (SRPBZ).
In January 2017, Russian Helicopters became the winner of an international tender and signed a contract with the government of the province of Baluchistan (Republic of Pakistan) for the supply of a civil Mi-171 helicopter.
Helicopters of the Mi-8/17 family are manufactured today at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant and Kazan Helicopter Plant, the subsidiaries of Russian Helicopters. As of 2014, more than 12,000 such machines were produced, which is a record number in the world among twin-engine helicopters. They were delivered to more than 100 countries and their total flying time is about 100 million hours.