Mi-171A2. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters
Russian Helicopters is expecting Indian certification of its Mi-171A2. Parent company Rostec said earlier this month negotiations had been underway to negotiate the certification procedure with India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
India is intended to be the first customer for the Mi-171A2, a modernized version of the Mi-8/17/171 models. It is equipped with VK-2500PS-03 engines with a FADEC electronic automatic control system and new rotor system.
"It is really symbolic that the Indian company was the first foreign customer that ordered the latest Mi-171A2, and it is the first country where we began the process of validation of the Russian helicopter certificate," said Andrey Boginsky, general director of Russian Helicopters.
The medium multi-role helicopter took its first flight in February and received cold-weather validation the month before.
The Mi-171A2 received a Type A certificate from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency in August 2017.