19-Nov-2018 Source: Russian Helicopters
Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) signed a contract to supply 20 Ansat helicopters for the Emergency Medicine Association of the People’s Republic of China.
The helicopters are designed for the provision of primary care and emergency medical evacuation and can be used in regions with complex terrain and remote areas with restricted transport accessibility. Additionally, the Ansat medical module provides capabilities for resuscitation activities, intensive care and vital sings monitoring during transportation to a hospital.
“This contract marks the full-fledged introduction of Ansat to the international market. The helicopter has demonstrated an excellent performance within the framework of air medical service development program in Russia, and now it is going to save lives in China. Production capacity of Kazan Helicopters will ensure supplies both to Russian and foreign customers. By the end of the year we plan to validate Ansat type certificate in China and deliver all helicopters under this contract in 2019-2020,” commented Andrey Boginskiy, Director General of Russian Helicopters Holding Company.
In Russia Ansat helicopters in medical configuration are successfully used to fulfill EMS tasks. These helicopters have been employed for rescue operations in Volgograd, Kurgan, Kirov, Kostroma, Pskov, Nizhny Novgorod regions and Tatarstan. Starting from 2017, 11 medical Ansat helicopters have been delivered to regional emergency services and 7 more helicopters will be shipped by the end of the year within the framework of the federal project “Timely provision of emergency medical services in hard-to-reach areas of the Russian Federation”.
Furthermore, in September 2018 JSC “Russian Helicopters”, the Russian national EMS aviation service and “Avia Capital Services” signed a contract for the delivery of 104 Ansat helicopters in medical configuration.
Ansat is a light twin-engine utility helicopter serially produced at Kazan Helicopters. In accordance with the certificate the design of the helicopter allows for its prompt transformation into either cargo, or passenger version with the capability to transport up to seven people. In May 2015 a supplement to type certificate was issued for a modification of the helicopter with a medical module. Ansat is certified for operations within the temperature range from -45 to +50°C. Ansat successfully completed high altitudes tests, proving its capability to operate in mountainous area at the altitudes of up to 3,500 meters. In August 2018 following the results of certification, Rosaviatsiya issued a major change approval to Kazan Helicopters for the extension of service lives of a number of Ansat assemblies and systems making the helicopter even more attractive for current operators and potential customers.