Russian helicopter holding company Rostec State Corporation has unveiled its maritime helicopter Mi-171A3 at Idex 2023, the world premiere of a new rotorcraft designed to benefit oil companies.
The state-of-the-art helicopter is designed to transport people and cargo to offshore platforms and conduct search and rescue operations on the high seas. The Mi-171A3 offers unique transport capabilities in the offshore class. The rotorcraft has a maximum take-off weight of 13 tons and can carry up to 4 tons of cargo or up to 24 passengers. Helicopters with fuel tanks have a range of up to 1,000 kilometers.
“The Mi-171A3 helicopter was developed in a record short time. Design work began in 2018. Two years later, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia awarded a government contract for the development of the rotorcraft to Russian Helicopters Holding. As early as 2022 The first Mi-171A3 prototype flew for the first time on June 30, thus starting the certification test cycle. Obtaining the type certificate in the cargo transport helicopter configuration by the end of 2022 is a very meaningful event, confirming a new The emergence of unique domestic helicopters,” said Denis Manturov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. The Russian Federation.
“The Middle East has historically been interested in our helicopter machinery. These are mainly Mi-8/17 type machines, but Russian Helicopters is currently stepping up efforts to promote new commercial models in that market. As we can see, the Mi- 171A3 has a high export potential.
“This cutting-edge offshore helicopter, designated for transporting passengers and cargo at sea and servicing remote offshore oil platforms, could be of interest to the UAE, as the UAE’s oil is primarily extracted with precision from these offshore fields.” Mi -171A3 meets the needs of companies in the oil industry, both domestic and foreign, as well as the standards of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), “said Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostec State Corporation.
The Mi-171A3 is equipped with an advanced onboard radio-electronics package that ensures safe flight even in conditions of low visibility without natural landmarks and satellite signals. Helicopters meet higher safety requirements when flying above water.
The aircraft is equipped with an emergency landing system with inflatable shock-absorbing airbags. In the event of an emergency landing on water, the helicopter will remain afloat. Passengers and crew were evacuated onto two inflatable rafts, each of which can accommodate up to 27 people.
In addition, the Mi-171A3 is equipped with front-line navigation equipment, digital autopilot, air collision warning system. The helicopter has a new, ultra-sturdy airframe using a large number of composite materials. The upgraded rotor system includes a high-performance X-tail rotor and a main rotor with composite blades in an improved aerodynamic configuration. Anti-collision fuel tanks are located in the lower fuselage module under the floor of the cargo and passenger cabin, increasing the safety level of the helicopter.
The rotorcraft is equipped with a domestic engine VK-2500PS-03, equipped with a BARK-6V-7S automatic regulation and control system from UEC-Klimov. The engine architecture ensures its operability in all climatic conditions, including marine, tropical and cold climates, and places affected by sea fog and sea water.
“The development of the Mi-171A3 sums up the extensive experience of operating the ‘Eighth’. The use of the most advanced materials and advanced technologies make this helicopter the new flagship of the Mi-8/17 series. We hope to use all that this aircraft has Representative technical solutions to carry out the new modification,” said a spokesman for Russian Helicopters. “At the end of last year, the cargo version of the Mi-171A3 was certified by the Russian aviation authorities. Today, flight tests are continuing in an attempt to seek approval for the passenger and search-and-rescue versions of the helicopter. Serial production of the helicopter will be carried out by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, The factory is already making components for the first batch of new machines.”
The Mi-171A3 represents a multifunctional platform that can be used by oil companies and airlines, specializing in cargo, corporate and VIP transport, for firefighting or for air ambulance service missions. For example, any operator can, by installing cranes, searchlights, locators, photoelectric search systems, automated workstations for rescue operators, rescue equipment kits and medical modules — trade arab news agency