Russian Helicopters is currently showcasing its Ansat,
Mi-171A2 and Mi-38 helicopters at the FAMEX 2019 (Feria
Aeroespacial México) being held in Santa Lucia air base in Mexico.
The twin-engine Ansat helicopter has one of the
largest cabins within its class and is actively used by air
medical services. It can also be used for normal
passenger and VIP transport, cargo delivery and environmental
monitoring. Ansat has been successfully tested for high-altitude
operations, confirming that it can be used in mountainous areas
with altitudes up to 3,500 meters.
“In November 2018 we
signed a contract with the Mexican company Craft Avia Center about
a delivery of an Ansat helicopter equipped for passenger transport. The aircraft is ready for delivery to the Mexican side,” said
Andrey Boginsky, Director General of Russian Helicopters.
Rostec is currently negotiating with its partners
for supplying spare parts and components for the Ansat as well
as preparing a training program for helicopters of this type to
Mexican pilots. Additionally, the company has submitted an
application for validation of Ansat and Mi-171A2 type certificates
in Mexico, and a
maintenance center for Ansat helicopters is
expected to open in Mexico in 2020.
Mi-8/17 type helicopters, of which the latest
Mi-171A2 is part of, are well known in Mexico. More than 80
changes were made to the new design, which have raised its cruise
and maximum speed by 10% as well as significantly increased flight
automation, compared to the base model. The Mi-171A2 can be used
in humid, tropical conditions and is designed to solve a wide range of tasks -
from patrol and coast guard to search and rescue operations.
is also exhibiting the multirole Mi-38 helicopter,
which fits the niche between the medium class Mi-171A2 and the
heavy class Mi-26 helicopters. It can transport a cargo of up to 5
tons over a distance of 800 km. The helicopter is equipped with
fuel-efficient engines, crash-resistant fuel system and