Russian Helicopters, along with Concern Radio-Electric Technologies (KRET), has started testing the Mi-171A2 helicopter with the KBO-17 on-board avionics suite.
The suite, developed at KRET’s Ulyanovsk Instrument Manufacturing Design Bureau, allows the Mi-171A2 to operate safely at any time, day or night and in adverse weather conditions. The KBO-17 includes a glass cockpit piloting and navigation system equipped with five LCD displays that provide the crew with the all the information they need to evaluate the helicopter’s operation and navigation.
KBO-17 avionics suite. Photo courtesy Russian Helicopters
Two helicopters are currently undergoing tests on the Mi-171A2 program: the 'flying laboratory' built on the basis of the serial-produced Mi-8/17 helicopter, and the first prototype model of the Mi-171A2. Work on the second prototype is underway at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, and once complete it will join the other two models for tests. In addition, two frames of the Mi-171A2 will undergo static and fatigue testing. Russian Helicopters expects work for Mi-171A2 certification to be completed in 2015.