The process of certification of Mi-171 helicopter, equipped with VK-2500-03 engines, was initiated in China. The corresponding application was sent to the aviation authorities of the People's Republic of China by “Russian Helicopters” Holding.
The need to validate a certificate of Mi-171 type helicopter equipped with advanced VK-2500-03 engines in China is caused by high interest of Chinese customers to these helicopters. The implementation of a new engine in Mi-171 helicopters was carried out considering the high demand for expanding the range of helicopter operations and increasing its key performance characteristics for operators and potential customers.
"VK-2500-03 engines are especially useful for the missions with external sling in high-altitude areas and hot climate conditions." The recognition of Mi-171 type helicopter certificate with the new engine by the Civil Aviation Administration of the PRC will allow us to increase competitiveness in the Chinese market "- said CEO of “Russian Helicopters" holding Andrey Boginsky during the China Helicopter Expo 2017.
For the first time Mi-171 helicopter, equipped with VK-2500-03 engines, was introduced in 2016 as part of the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition held in Zhuhai. The machine aroused interest of operators and potential buyers: the VK-2500-03 engine due to the use of heat-resistant materials and design improvements provides more power in all modes and altitudes of flight. The introduction of the digital system of automatic control and monitoring of the engine BARK-78 allows to increase the accuracy of engine control, to strengthen the control of operation in all modes, and also simplifies its operation. The use of VK-2500-03 engines in Mi-171 helicopters will increase the carrying capacity, static and dynamic service ceiling. In addition, the large available engine power in emergency flight mode provides increased flight safety with one running engine.
Medium-class helicopters produced by factories of “Russian Helicopters” holding company have been supplied to the People's Republic of China for many years, they have proved themselves in the search and rescue operations for elimination consequences of emergencies and for firefighting. To date, the total number of Mi-171 helicopters manufactured by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant JSC supplied to Chinese companies and organizations is approaching 200.
Mi-171 is developed by the Moscow Mil Helicopter Plant and is produced at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, part of the holding company "Russian Helicopters". The helicopter can be used for transporting VIP passengers in high comfort conditions, passenger transportation, transportation of goods up to 4000 kg in the cabin or on the external sling, search and rescue and fire fighting. Currently, more than 1,000 Mi-171 helicopters are in operation in Central and South-East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the CIS in various modifications.
United Helicopters International Group is the authorized distributor of "Russian Helicopters" holding. The company focuses on providing services in the field of marketing and sales of civil helicopters, certification, supply of related equipment, provision of warranty and post-warranty maintenance of Russian-made helicopters. The goal of the joint business strategy of the companies is to increase the sales of Russian-made civil helicopters around the world. United Helicopters is headquartered in Hong Kong, the company's strategic partners are based in China, Southeast Asia, India, Africa, Middle East and America.
Russian Helicopters, (part of State Corporation Rostec), is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Moscow. 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. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. In 2015 its IFRS revenues increased 29.5% to RUB 220.0 billion. Deliveries reached 212 helicopters.
State Corporation Rostec is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 for the purpose of promoting the development, production and export of hi-tech civilian and military industry products. It comprises 700 organisations, nine of which have now been formed as holding companies of the military-industrial complex, six of them are involved in civil industries and 32 are directly controlled. Rostec’s portfolio includes recognised brands such as Avtovaz, Kamaz, Kalashnikov Concern, Russian Helicopters, and VSMPO-AVISMA. Rostec’s organisations are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply their products to the markets of more than 70 countries. The revenue of Rostec in 2015 amounted to RUB 1.140 trillion. Average salaries within the Corporation amounted to RUB 41 thousand and tax deductions into the treasuries at all levels exceeded RUB 160 billion. According to the new Rostec strategy, the new main goal of the Corporation is to facilitate technological advantage of Russia at highly competitive international markets. Planned volume of investments into development until 2025 is RUB 4.3 trillion.