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Russian Helicopters are ready to supply the Chinese company with six Mi-171А2
The Chinese company China General Aviation Service has confirmed that it intends to acquire a batch of Mi-171А2 helicopters manufactured by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAZ). Helicopters of Russia holding plans to manufacture six aircraft and deliver them to the customer before 2022.
Taking into account the demand for this model among Chinese customers, the holding is working on validating the certificate of the type Mi-171А2 in the PRC. According to Andrei Bohinsky, Director General of the holding, Russian Helicopters are ready to begin mass production of Mi-171А2 for foreign customers, including for China. Deliveries in the interests of such a large operator will help to get other orders.
According to the press service of U-UAZ, the multi-purpose helicopter Mi-171А2 is one of the most awaited new products of the Russian helicopter industry, the result of a deep modernization of the helicopters of the Mi-8 / 17 family. More 80 changes have been made to its design. The helicopter is equipped with VK-2500PS-03 engines (a civilian version of engines installed on Mi-28 combat helicopters) with a digital control system.
One of the most important differences between the Mi-171А2 and the Mi-8 / 17 family of helicopters is the new carrier system. The helicopter is equipped with a more efficient X-shaped tail rotor and a new rotor with full-composite blades of an improved aerodynamic layout. Only due to aerodynamics, the rotor of the propeller Mi-171А2 increased by more than 700 kg, which had a positive impact on the whole complex of flight performance.
In August 2017, the helicopter received a certificate of type “A” from the Federal Air Transport Agency, which provides for the fulfillment of the highest flight safety requirements for civilian helicopters. In January, 2018, the Mi-171А2 successfully confirmed the possibility of operation in difficult climatic conditions at air temperatures down to -50 ° С.