Russian Helicopters target Southeast Asia

Russian Helicopters’ Mi-171A2 and Ansat completed a demonstration tour of Southeast Asia, corporate webpage reported. Full-scale demonstrations of the latest civil technology in China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia made it possible to reach agreements and shape an extensive portfolio of orders. 

The tour culminated with a presentation in Kuala Lumpur where Russian helicopters performed demonstration flights over the Sepang F1 International Circuit Formula 1 track, while attendees were briefed on the key competitive advantages of Mi-171A2 and Ansat, and on the after-sales service program.

The Ansat and Mi-171A2 demonstration tour covered almost 5K kilometers and gathered over a thousand visitors at its flight shows. The helicopters exhibited their flight capacities and their efficiency when operated at high temperatures and nearly 100% humidity.

“The requests received during our month-long demo tour for supply of over 70 helicopters worth in the aggregate over $500K to the APR countries within the next three years, are vivid evidence of the competitiveness and relevance of Russian civilian helicopter technology abroad,” Denis Manturov, Russia’s Industry and Trade Minister, said.

“These are both hard and soft contracts. For example, in China, a contract was signed for 20 Ansat helicopters intended for the Association of Disaster Medicine of China. The remaining 50 helicopters are to be delivered to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia,” Russian Helicopters’ CEO Andrey Boginsky noted.

According to Boginsky, demand for civilian helicopters in Southeast Asian countries may reach 420 pieces within the next ten years and Russian Helicopters aim to get a substantial share of this market.

Ansat is a lightweight twin-engine multipurpose helicopter that can be used for the transport of goods and passengers, surveillance, search and rescue, and fire and medical evacuation operations. It has the largest cabin in its class of helicopters, and the cabin easily and quickly transforms to the configuration required. Ansat is certified for use in hot climates.

Mi-171A2 is a mid-class multipurpose helicopter that combines the unique operating experience of Mi-8/17 helicopters and the latest technologies. It can be used effectively and safely day or night, in high mountains, at low or high temperatures, in high humidity and over water.

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