Moscow / 27 November 2012 - Russian Helicopters, part of state defense holding Oboronprom and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, has made its first civil medium multirole Mi-171 helicopter delivery to Indonesia. One of the largest mining companies acquired this certificated Mi-171 built by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant.
The new medium multirole Mi-171 can be deployed in various climates and temperature ranges - an important competitive advantage that was a deciding factor in the choice of an advanced Russian helicopter for use in Indonesia.
Mi-171 series helicopters can be used to carry passengers and cargo, for geological surveying and patrol missions, and for fire-fighting and transfers to offshore drilling platforms.
The helicopter is equipped with advanced flight and navigation systems and additional radio equipment to guarantee heightened levels of safety and improved operational characteristics.
The Asia-Pacific region is a major driver of growth for helicopters. Of the 1,200 registered Russian-built helicopters operating in the region, more than 700 are from the Mi-8/17 series and almost 20 of this type for the military use in Indonesia. Russian Helicopters is the market leader in the region, with its nearest competitors, Sikorsky and AgustaWestland, operating 500 and 400 helicopters, respectively.
Customers appreciate the Mi-171's unique operational characteristics, versatility, reliability and ease of operation. The Mi-171's range of possible uses is constantly being expanded and upgraded.
Russian Helicopters is actively expanding its relationships with partners in Indonesia. The Indonesian client is currently considering acquisition of an additional batch of Russian-built civil helicopters following the first delivery in October.
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The Mi-171 is an updated version of the renowned Mi-8. The helicopter was designed by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, JSC, and is manufactured by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, JSC. The Mi-171 can carry up to 37 servicemen on trooper benches, up to 26 passengers on passenger seats, up to 4,000 kg of cargo in the cabin and as external load, and up to 12 wounded personnel. It can also perform search and rescue and firefighting operations, and lift, loading and unloading operations in hover mode. The Mi-171 helicopter has a Russian type certificate. Its type certificate is also recognized by the People's Republic of China, South Korea, Slovakia and Mongolia. Today more than 5,000 Mi-171 helicopters of various modifications and versions are operated in Central and South-East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the CIS.
Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, JSC is a Russian Helicopters company. Its large production capacity and the latest modern technologies mean it can swiftly launch production of new aircraft types and combine prototype development with mass production. The plant has built more than 8,000 aircraft in its 70-year history. Today the plant focuses on the production of Mi-171 and Mi-171Sh helicopters.