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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Russian Helicopters Mulls Mi-8/17 Replacement

The Rachel project aims at replacing the Mi-8/17 in the 22,000- to 26,000-lb category.

Russian Helicopters has completed a “feasibility study” for a Mi-8/17 replacement, dubbed the Russian Advanced Commercial Helicopter (Rachel). CEO Dmitry Petrov said market research conducted with operators helped identify “the key features of the advanced helicopter.” One priority is thus to minimize direct operating costs and work out an “acceptable” price, Petrov said. In the 22,000- to 26,000-lb category, the multi-role commercial helicopter will be able to seat 21 to 24 passengers. It will have a longer flight range and higher cruising speed than the Mi-8/17.

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