16-Nov-2018 Source: Russian Helicopters
Potential customers from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia will be able to familiarize themselves with the capabilities of the newest Mi-171A2 and Ansat helicopters during their demonstration tour of the countries of Southeast Asia. The first demonstration of the new products of the Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) will be held on November 16 in Vietnam.
Mi-171A2 and Ansat completed their participation in the international exhibition Airshow China 2018, which was held in Zhuhai (China) from 6 to 11 November. Helicopters were presented at a static exposition, and also performed demonstration flights as part of the flight program of the air show. On the eve of both cars completed the flight to Hanoi (Vietnam), where they are currently preparing to carry out demonstration flights.
“Following the results of Airshow China, I can note a significant increase in interest in Russian helicopters, especially after their participation in the flight program of the exhibition. Russia’s helicopters are linked to the countries of Southeast Asia by reliable partnerships, so we expect a clear demonstration of the capabilities of the Mi-171A2 and Ansata will allow us not only to conduct substantive negotiations with potential customers, but also to obtain soft contracts for these machines, ”said Andrei Boginsky, Director General of the Helicopters of Russia holding.
He added that Russian-made helicopters are consistently highly appreciated by operators in the countries of Southeast Asia, especially when used in fighting forest fires and performing transport and construction works in hard-to-reach areas.
The holding company “Helicopters of Russia” is also actively developing the infrastructure of service centers in this region. Since 1994, the Vietnamese-Russian joint venture Helitechco has been operating, which has repaired more than 80 civilian helicopters of government and commercial customers from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, India, Australia and New Zealand. Helitechco is the only repair company in Southeast Asia, the repair of which is accompanied by specialists of the Moscow Helicopter Plant. ML Mil.
In February 2018, a memorandum of intent was signed with Datagate from Thailand. Among the areas of cooperation mentioned in the document is assistance in organizing a center for servicing Russian-made helicopters in the Kingdom of Thailand. It is assumed that this center will be able to ensure the implementation of all types of maintenance and repair work, elimination of faults and replacement of components. Additionally, the parties indicated the possibility of supplying spare parts and providing services for the repair of units for civilian helicopters under separate contracts.
Ansat is a lightweight twin-engine multi-purpose helicopter, whose mass production is deployed at the Kazan Helicopter Plant. According to the certificate, the design of the helicopter allows you to quickly transform it into a cargo and a passenger version with the ability to carry up to 7 people. The Ansat high-altitude tests have been successfully completed, confirming the possibility of its operation in mountainous areas at altitudes up to 3,500 meters. In August 2018, according to the results of certification works, Rosaviatsiya issued to the KVZ approval of the main change to increase the resources of a number of Ansat units and systems, which makes the helicopter more attractive to operators and potential customers.
When equipped with a medical module, the helicopter can be used to provide primary assistance to victims and emergency medical evacuation of the patient and be operated in areas with difficult terrain, in remote areas with difficult transport accessibility. In addition, the medical module of Ansat provides the possibility of resuscitation, intensive care and monitoring of the main vital functions of the body of the victim during transport to the hospital.
The Mi-171A2 is the most modern modification of the Mi-8/17/171 helicopters. The helicopter is equipped with VK-2500PS-03 engines with a digital control system, as well as a more efficient X-shaped steering screw and a new main rotor with composite blades and an improved aerodynamic profile. Indicators of cruising and maximum speed of the Mi-171A2 relative to commercially available helicopters of the type Mi-8/17 increased by 10%, and its payload increased by 25%. The helicopter can be effectively used day and night, in high mountains, at low and high temperatures, high humidity and above water surface.
The use of the Mi-171A2 helicopter of a digital onboard equipment complex KBO-17, made according to the principle of “glass cockpit”, which includes the flight-navigation complex and the system of all-helicopter equipment with display data, reduced the crew to two people. The use of video cameras has improved visibility when working with an external suspension. Safety has been enhanced by the use of modern systems for preventing collisions with the ground, other aircraft and obstacles in the path of a helicopter.
The helicopter provides transportation of passengers and is offered in the transport, passenger and VIP versions.