photo pg32bDue to the growing market for commercial helicopters in the region, Russian Helicopters is showcasing the commercial multirole Mi-8/17 family helicopters and the Ansat, which are popular world-over.
Commercial Mi-8/17 helicopters have performed excellently in a wide range of operational uses. The Mi-172 passenger helicopter will be on show in India, where it has been certified and is already operated by a range of companies. A VIP-version of the helicopter is also produced. The Ansat can be used to transport cargo and passengers, for surveillance, in search-and-rescue operations and on firefighting and medevac missions.
Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport have showcased the latest military-transport helicopters in the Mi-8/17 family. Currently, under a Rosoboronexport contract, the company supplies the latest Mi-17V-5 military-transport helicopters to India. A major contract for their delivery was signed in 2008. The helicopter is designed to transport cargo internally and on an external sling, to carry landing parties, and can be used in search-and-rescue operations or to carry weapons. Indian experts have said they find the Russian-made Mi-17V-5 helicopters irreplaceable in search-and-rescue operations in the country’s mountainous regions.
Among the upcoming models is the Mi-171A2, which is being developed based on Mi-8/17 helicopters. The Mi-171A2 incorporates the wealth of experience Russian helicopters of this type have built up over operations across the world, and the latest technologies and developments in helicopter building. Thanks to a series of innovations, it has been possible to deliver significant improvement in its flight capabilities, make it more cost-efficient, and expand its operational range. The Mi-171A2 can be operated in high mountainous areas, extremely hot and dry climates, dramatic rises and falls in temperature, and in very dusty environments. It does not need a hangar for storage or maintenance. The first prototype Mi-171A2 started flight tests in November 2014.
At Aero India 2015, Russian Helicopter specialists will deliver a presentation for the Indian Ministry of Defence on developing post-sales service systems for helicopters supplied. New avenues for cooperation opened up in November 2014, when Russian Helicopters received permission to carry out external trade activities involving after-sales service for military helicopters it produced, making it possible to create efficient support systems for military helicopters.

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