The Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of State Corporation Rostec) has made its first civil multirole Mi-171E helicopter delivery to the Pakistani province of Punjab. The rotorcraft, manufactured at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, has already been accepted by the client’s representatives. The helicopter is to be delivered to its home station by air.
Under the terms of the contract, the convertible version of the Mi-171E was manufactured, in order to allow for its use both in transport aircraft mode and in the VIP cabin configuration. The latter is designed to accommodate 13 passengers plus a flight attendant. In its transport aircraft mode, the Mi-171E can carry up to 27 passengers in the jump seats and up to four tons of cargo inside the cargo cabin or on the external sling.
“The Russian Helicopters Holding Company is widening the delivery scope of the world-renowned Russian aircraft. The number of civil aviation air operators, particularly from South Asia, who place orders with us is growing. Every helicopter is unique and is produced with one ultimate goal in mind — effectively solving the tasks set by the customer,” highlighted Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO for Marketing and Business Development Alexander Shcherbinin.
The Punjab province authorities are expected to use the multirole Mi-171E helicopter for passenger and cargo transportation, performance of air medical services, patrol work, and emergency response and recovery. Installation of the search-and-rescue equipment set which consists of the LPG-150 winch and the TSL-1600 searchlight further expands the scope of possible applications of this helicopter. It is also equipped with the Early Ground Proximity Warning System which ensures increased flight safety.
In January 2017, the Russian Helicopters Holding Company won an international tender and signed a contract for the Mi-171 civil helicopter delivery with the Balochistan province administration (Republic of Pakistan).
Today Mi-8/17 helicopters are manufactured at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant and the Kazan Helicopter Plant which are owned by the Russian Helicopters Holding Company. As of 2014, more than twelve thousand units of this model have been assembled, which is a world record for twin-engine rotorcraft production. They have been supplied to more than 100 countries, and their total flight time amounts to about 100 million hours.