Rosobornexport and Poly Technologies Inc. Sign Contract for 52 Mi-171E Helicopters

The Mi-171Es are equipped with VK-2500-03 engines, SAFIR 5K/G MI auxiliary power units and enhanced transmission systems that allow them to operate at higher altitudes including in mountainous terrain.


Moscow / 6 September 2012 - Rosoboronexport and Chinese company Poly Technologies, Inc. in August signed a contract for delivery of 52 Mi-171E transport helicopters to China in 2012-2014. The first eight Mi-171Es are scheduled for delivery in 2012, with the rest slated for 2013 and 2014.

The contracts follow on from agreements signed in 2009 by Russian Helicopters and Poly Technologies for delivery of 32 Mi-171Es to China. The contract was highly successful, with the buyer's group of technical experts fully satisfied by the build and component quality in the Mi-171Es, as well as the accompanying technical documentation.

Successful completion of the agreement in 2011 paved the way for a deepening of the relationship with Poly Technologies in buying Russian manufactured helicopter technology.

Poly Technologies seeks to acquire helicopters with state-of-the-art technical features and employs very rigorous quality control. At the client's request, the Mi-171Es are equipped with VK-2500-03 engines, SAFIR 5K/G MI auxiliary power units and enhanced transmission systems that allow them to operate at higher altitudes including in mountainous terrain.

Mi-8/17 family helicopters have a long and successful record of use in China, carrying out a range of missions from transporting goods and passengers to geological surveying, patrolling, fire-fighting and offshore transportation.

The Mi-171E is produced at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, part of Russian Helicopters. It is equipped with search and rescue equipment and for special operations including at night-time. This makes it extremely effective in a wide range of situations, including at mountain altitudes and in hot climates, and able to operate around the clock.

Rosoboronexport, JSC is the only enterprise in Russia with the right to export the full range of military and dual-use products, technologies and services. Rosoboronexport is one of the world's leading arms companies, and exports more than 80% of Russian military equipment.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. Over 8000 helicopters of Soviet/Russian make are operated in 110 countries worldwide. Traditionally the demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia, and CIS countries. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2011 its IFRS revenues increased 27.8% to RUB 103.9 billion. Deliveries reached 262 helicopters.

Partners of Russian Helicopters: AirTaxi Service (interior completions and maintenance); Tranzas (software, navigation systems, aviation simulators); CSTS Dinamika (technical training means for aviation flight and engineering personnel); BETA AIR (testing equipment and aviation electronics); Ural Works of Civil Aviation (repair of helicopter engines and components, as well as gearboxes).

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