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Russian Helicopters presents new aircraft for India

5th September 2019 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Russian Helicopters has presented the new civilian Mi-171A2 lightweight multi-purpose rotorcraft that is due to be delivered to Global Vectra in India.  

Displayed at the Eastern Economic Forum taking place in Vladivostok in Russia, the Mi-171A2 is being exhibited in the livery of the new customer that has purchased one example with an option for one more, ahead of a planned delivery in late 2019/early 2020.

The company also displayed a Ka-226T helicopter at the forum, which in accordance with a 2015 intergovernmental agreement, 200 of which will be supplied to India, 140 of which will be locally assembled.

'At the Eastern Economic Forum, we show our Indian colleagues Ka-226T and Mi-171A2 multi-purpose helicopters designed for them,’ Viktor Kladov, Rostec’s director for international cooperation and regional policy, said. 

‘It is worth noting that our partners are well aware of all the advantages of the products of Russian Helicopters Holding Company. In India, Soviet and Russian-made helicopters make up more than 30% of the total fleet of civilian and military rotorcraft registered in the country. Our current projects create a good basis for further development of our cooperation.’

Last February, Russian Helicopters signed agreements for a number of units to be provided by Indian aircraft manufacturers that wanted to participate in the project to localise the Ka-226T production.

'The contract for Mi-171A2 supply to India is a clear demonstration of the fact that our latest civilian rotorcraft is in demand abroad, it is waited for, and counted on. The helicopter showcased at the forum is ready for delivery: we will be able to transfer it to the customer as soon as the certificate for Mi-171A2 is validated in India', Andrey Boginsky, director general of Russian Helicopters, added. 

'We also demonstrate the progress of the Russian-Indian Ka-226T project: the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant has already mastered the manufacture of certain parts and components of the helicopter and is preparing to start its serial production. 

‘We are also gradually developing our cooperation with Indian manufacturers in terms of localisation, our dialogue with some of them will be continued as part of the forum.’

Other products presented at the forum included the Ka-62 medium transport and passenger helicopter manufactured by Progress AAC. 

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