Thu, 25 April 2019

Ansat, Mi-171A2 and Mi-38 Helicopters on Display at FAMEX 2019

Russian Helicopters is currently showcasing its Ansat, Mi-171A2 and Mi-38 helicopters at the FAMEX 2019 (Feria Aeroespacial Mxico) 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.

An Ansat Helicopter by Russian Helicopters. Picture by Steven Howard of Click to enlarge.

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.

The company 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 energy-absorbing seats.

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