Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Russia delivers first Mi-171 civil medium multirole helicopter to Indonesia

Neelam Mathews 
Nov 27, 2012
Russian Helicopters, part of state defense holding Oboronprom has made its first civil medium multirole Mi-171 helicopter delivery to Indonesia. One of the largest mining companies acquired this certificated Mi-171 built by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant.The Mi-171 is an updated version of the renowned Mi-8.
The new medium multirole Mi-171 can be deployed in various climates and temperature ranges - an important competitive advantage that was a deciding factor in the choice of an advanced Russian helicopter for use in Indonesia.
Mi-171 series helicopters can be used to carry passengers and cargo, for geological surveying and patrol missions, and for fire-fighting and transfers to offshore drilling platforms.
The Asia-Pacific region is a major driver of growth for helicopters. Of the 1,200 registered Russian-built helicopters operating in the region, more than 700 are from the Mi-8/17 series and almost 20 of this type for the military use in Indonesia. Russian Helicopters is the market leader in the region, with its nearest competitors, Sikorsky and AgustaWestland, operating 500 and 400 helicopters, respectively.     

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