Russian Helicopters has delivered two Mi-171 to China

Russian Helicopters has delivered two Mi-171 to China

29-Nov-2021 Source: Russian Helicopters

The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant part of the “Russian Helicopters” Holding Company (Rostec State Corporation) has delivered the first batch of two Mi-171 helicopters equipped with high-altitude engines VK-2500-03 to China within a contract with civil airline “QINGDAO”.

“One of the main recent trends is the increasing use of helicopters in the world. Aircraft planned to be used in China for aviation firefighting operations,” noted Alexey Kozlov, managing director of the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. – The opportunity to supply this type of machine to China was made possible by national type certificate for Mi-171 aircraft with VK-2500-03 engines, issued in 2019 by the Civil Aviation Administration of the People’s Republic of China.”

The contract with QINGDAO, a civilian airline, for delivery of six Mi-171 helicopters powered by VK-2500-03 engines was signed in December 2019. Under the contract, U-UAP has delivered the first batch of two helicopters. Another four will be delivered, according to this contract, in 2022.

In 2019, the Civil Aviation Administration of the PRC issued a national type certificate for Mi-171 aircraft equipped with VK-2500-03 engines based on demonstration flight results in Chinese city of Lijiang. The Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Civil Aviation Administration of China praised helicopters’ transport capabilities for carrying cargo and extinguishing fires in the highlands.

The VK-2500-03 gives helicopter fundamentally new capabilities when operating in high altitude and hot climate areas. Aircraft engines VK-2500-03 for Mi-171 provides more power in emergency flight mode, which in turn increases flights safety on a single working engine.

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