By S.L. Fuller | November 17, 2017
Russian Helicopters is ready to export its Mi-171A2 for the first time. The manufacturer said that during the Dubai Airshow, which ended Nov. 16, India-based Vectra Group signed the first export contract.
Vectra is set to take delivery of the helicopter in 2018. The contract includes an option for an additional aircraft. The company has operations in several industries. Its helicopter unit provides service in support of oil and gas operations and charter.
"A number of potential customers from all over the world closely follow the development of this project,” said Andrei Boginsky, general director of Russian Helicopters, “and I am confident that the certification and successful operation of the Mi-171A2 in India will make it possible to translate their interest into new contracts."
A part of the Mi-8/Mi-17 family, the Mi-171A2’s design features more than 80 changes to the basic model, Russian Helicopters said. It’s equipped with VK-2500PS-03 engines and has a digital control system. The company explained that the digital flight control and navigation system, with a display of data, enables the crew to be reduced to two people. The aircraft also features system diagnostics and monitoring solutions. And the aircraft’s X-shaped steering screw and new rotor with integral composite blades improve aerodynamics.
In August, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency issued a type certificate for Russian Helicopters’ Mi-171A2. That approved the Mi-171A2’s use for Category A passenger and cargo day and night in standard and adverse weather conditions, overwater and under both visual and instrument flight rules, as well as for use on international routes. Category A stipulates stringent requirements, including for safe takeoffs with one engine in operative at maximum takeoff weight of 28,660 pounds (29,760 pounds with an external load).