Russian Helicopters to Build Offshore Version of Mi-171A2
Russian Helicopters and Russian gas company Gazprom have signed an agreement of intent to build an offshore version of the Mi-171A2, the manufacturer said.
Design documentation is to be developed by Russian Helicopters, as is the production of related assembly, testing and maintenance equipment. Gazprom, in return, plans to purchase aircraft, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Russian Helicopters said the new variant would be used for “the development of the continental shelf — a dynamically developing segment of the energy market, which requires adequate technical support, including offshore helicopters.”
The Mi-171A2 is the newest member of the Mi-8/17 family. It features a glass cockpit. Avionics upgrades enable the helicopter to operate effectively in high temperatures, high humidity and high altitude, Russian Helicopters said. It can also be operated day or night, in adverse weather conditions and above water.
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