Russian Helicopters will for the first time at Airshow China present the Mi-171A2 and Ansat helicopters, which will participate in the flying programme at the event at Zhuhai.
Following the airshow, the helicopters will go on a demonstration tour of countries in Southeast Asia.
Andrey Boginsky, the Director General of Russian Helicopters, said: “China is one of the key operators of helicopters not only in Asia, but worldwide. Today, there are more than 400 Russian helicopters registered in the country, but this market is continuing to expand rapidly. It needs modern civilian aircraft, and we are prepared to offer these. At Airshow China 2018, we will be presenting the Mi-171A2 and Ansat—models which have received particular interest from our Chinese partners. We have already begun the process of certifying these helicopters in China, the process will shortly be completed for Ansat, and for Mi-171A2 it will be completed by mid-2019.”
The southeast Asia demo tour will pass through Hanoi (Vietnam), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Bangkok (Thailand), and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The tour will include demonstration flights, as well as events for partners and potential operators, where representatives of the holding will talk about the key benefits of Russian helicopters, their after-sales service system, and financial options to ensure a smooth procurement process.
The Ansat is a light, multi-purpose twin-engine helicopter manufactured by Kazan Helicopters and the Mi-171A2 is the latest modification of the Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopters equipped with VK-2500PS-03 engines with a digital control system, an X-shaped tail rotor and a new main rotor with composite blades and an enhanced aerodynamic profile.
Source: Russian Helicopters