An undisclosed Indonesian mining company has acquired a medium lift Mi-171 from the Russian manufacturer, Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The aircraft pictured with the announcement bears the name of Airfast Indonesia, an independent company that offers fixed-wing and rotary aircraft services to a variety of customers.
According to the Airfast website, it has provided helicopter services around Timka and Dekai in Papua. The biggest mining operator in Papua is Freeport McMoRan at its Grasberg Minerals District and could be the client for the Mi-171.
As the statement from Russian Helicopters confirms, the Mi-171 (international version of the classic helicopter) can be used for both cargo and passengers.
The Indonesian armed forces operate around 20 Mi-171 helicopters, according the Russian Helicopters. There are around 700 Mi8/Mi-17 helicopters in the Asia-Pacific region.
According to the statement, “The Indonesian client is currently considering acquisition of an additional batch of Russian-built civil helicopters following the first delivery in October.”