Russian Helicopters has delivered four Mi-171Sh helicopters to Angola, the company has announed. The aircraft are part of a $1 billion deal with Russia and are the armed variant of the transport helicopter.
Russian Helicopters on 24 March said the helicopters were delivered as part of a long term partnership with Angola. Another four of the helicopters were delivered last year after being built at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAZ). The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) lists at least two being delivered in 2015.
“The Mi-171Sh helicopters were tested in different weather conditions and various geographical locations, where they proved to be reliable and undemanding machines capable of fulfilling set tasks. They operate reliably in the harshest conditions,” Russian Helicopters said. The aircraft were delivered using an An-124 Ruslan transport aircraft.
They have been fitted with modern flight control and navigation equipment, including satellite navigation and weather radars, according to Russian Helicopters. The installation of additional internal fuel tanks allows range to be increased to 1 065 kilometres. In addition, the aircraft are equipped with a rescue hoist with a capacity of 300 kilograms, searchlight, folding seats, 12 stretchers and an external sling able to transport loads weighing up to 4 tonnes. Night vision goggles can be used with the aircraft.
The helicopters are being delivered as part of a $1 billion deal signed between Rosoboronexport and Angola in 2013. This is believed to include 12 Su-30 fighter jets and spares for Mi-17 helicopters and other hardware already in service with Angola’s armed forces. The Angolan Air Force operates Mi-8 and Mi-17 models.