Russian Helicopters Holding Company (subsidiary of Oboronprom Corporation, part of Russian Technologies State Corporation), has delivered Mi-171E helicopter manufactured by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan. The ministry uses Mi-8/17 helicopters for patrol, search-and-rescue missions, and transportation of personnel and cargo, press-service of Russian Helicopters reports.
Kazakhstan has a severely continental climate – significant seasonal temperature difference is typical of this country. Moreover, its relief comprises combination of plains and mountain chains. Mi-171E helicopter was designed taking into account the special aspects of the region and it has a number of advantages in terms of operation under such conditions. Moreover the helicopter can be operated at temperatures from -50 to +50 Celsius. Mi-171E is also capable of performing flights under severe weather conditions.
“The customer has chosen Mi-171E thanks to its flexibility – the helicopter is capable of carrying up to 26 passengers or 12 wounded people on stretchers along with medical personnel. Its cargo version can carry loads of up to 4,000 kg in its cabin or using an external load. The vehicle is fitted with a Safir 5K/G Mi auxiliary power plant and VK-2500-03 engines, which allow operating the helicopter at high altitude and under conditions of thin air. Helicopters of the type have a lot of optional equipment expanding their operational capabilities. According to the contract signed by Russia Helicopters and the Ministry, the customer’s pilots and maintenance personnel are trained at the Holding’s Ulan-Ude training center”, - the press-service added.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan plans to expand its fleet of Russian-produced helicopters in the future, thanks to the Mi-171E’s advantages, its performance, reliability, ease of operation, and attractive price.
“Russia and Kazakhstan are long-standing partners in the area of helicopter operations. Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan is successfully operating Mi-171E helicopters, which confirm their great performance”, - the press-service added.
The Mi-8/17 Family helicopters are one of the world’s most efficient rescue helicopters. They are widely used for eliminating the effects of flooding, earthquakes and other disasters including forest fires around the world, and providing emergency medical assistance in the field environment.
The Mi-171E is one of the latest members of the Mi-8/17 Family. It was developed by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and is being manufactured by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (Russian Helicopters companies). At present over 4,500 Mi-8/17 helicopters are operated around the world.