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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Russian Helicopters Provides Airframes for Growing Asia-Pacific Market

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has delivered 189 commercial and military aircraft to the Asia-Pacific region over the past three years. In 2014, deliveries increased by 11 percent from 2012, and today more than 1,400 Russian-built helicopters operate in the region.

Mi-171. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters

Last fall, Russian Helicopters was granted the right to provide direct after-sales maintenance services for the Russian-built military helicopters. Russian Helicopters now also has the right to supply components and spare parts for military helicopters to foreign partners, as well as to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services and form joint ventures directly with foreign companies. All this means the company can provide maintenance services significantly faster and develop advanced high-tech after-sales support systems more efficiently.

Russian Helicopters Ansat. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters

The most popular model in the Asia-Pacific region is the Mi-8/17 series, with around 12,000 airframes produced as of 2014. This year, Russian Helicopters is presenting new commercial aircraft, with the multirole Mi-171A2 and Ansat models on display. The Mi-171A2 is the latest evolution of the Mi-8/17 series. The helicopter makes use of the latest materials and technologies while drawing on the many years of operating experience of these helicopters around the world. It is a reliable and resilient aircraft with advanced equipment that enables it to fly any mission anywhere on Earth. Currently the Mi-171A2 is undergoing flight testing.

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