China buys 52 Mi-171E helicopters


Rosoboronexport and Chinese company Poly Technologies, Inc have signed a contract for 52 Mi-171E transport helicopters, which will be delivered to China in 2012-2014. The first eight Mi-171Es are scheduled for delivery in 2012, with the rest slated for 2013 and 2014.

The contracts, signed last month, follow on from agreements signed in 2009 by Russian Helicopters and Poly Technologies for the delivery of 32 Mi-171Es to China. The contract was highly successful, with the buyer’s group of technical experts fully satisfied by the build and component quality in the Mi-171Es, as well as the accompanying technical documentation, Russian Helicopters said.

Successful completion of the agreement in 2011 paved the way for a deepening of the relationship with Poly Technologies in buying Russian manufactured helicopter technology.

At the client’s request, the Mi-171Es are equipped with VK-2500-03 engines, SAFIR 5K/G MI auxiliary power units and enhanced transmission systems that allow them to operate at higher altitudes including in mountainous terrain.

The Mi-8/17 family helicopters have a long record of use in China, carrying out a range of missions from transporting goods and passengers to geological surveying, patrolling, fire-fighting and offshore transportation.

The Mi-171E is produced at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, part of Russian Helicopters. It is equipped with search and rescue equipment and for special operations including at night.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world.

Over 8 000 helicopters of Soviet/Russian make are operated in 110 countries worldwide. Traditionally the demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia, and CIS countries. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2011 its IFRS revenues increased 27.8% to RUB103.9 billion. Deliveries reached 262 helicopters.