…Kamovs and Mils, too

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China’s Gen­eral Avi­a­tion Ser­vice is to pur­chase six Rus­sian He­li­copters Mil Mi-171a2s that will be de­liv­ered by 2022. “We are ready to start mass pro­duc­tion of the MI-171A2 for for­eign cus­tomers,” says An­drey Bo­gin­sky, Rus­sian He­li­copters’ Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer. “De­liv­er­ies for the ben­e­fit of such a large op­er­a­tor will cer­tainly work to­wards get­ting fur­ther or­ders. This he­li­copter rep­re­sents a gi­ant step in the evo­lu­tion of the Mi-8/17 pat­tern he­li­copters and has ad­vanced tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions that have im­proved com­fort, safety and per­for­mance.”

Rus­sian He­li­copters Hold­ing Com­pany and China’s United Avi­a­tion Tech­nol­ogy are ex­pected soon to sign an agree­ment to set up a main­te­nance and re­pair cen­tre in Shen­zhen for Kamov Ka32A11VS and Mil Mi-171 he­li­copters. “China is one of the largest op­er­a­tors of Rus­sian-made he­li­copters [with] over 300 units, and Mi-8/17 and KA-32A11BC he­li­copters are suc­cess­fully op­er­ated through­out the coun­try, in par­tic­u­lar in re­gions with dif­fi­cult ter­rain and harsh cli­mate con­di­tions,” said Ana­toly Serdyukov, In­dus­trial Di­rec­tor of Rus­sian He­li­copters’ par­ent Rostec. “The cre­ation of a cen­tre for main­te­nance and re­pair is an es­sen­tial in­fra­struc­ture project that will in­crease the com­pet­i­tive­ness and ex­port po­ten­tial of our he­li­copter tech­nol­ogy.”

Kamovs, dis­tin­guished by their coax­ial ro­tors

Mil-171a2 is an evo­lu­tion of the Mi-8/17

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