14-Sep-2010 Source: Russian Helicopters
Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP), a part of Russian Helicopters industrial holding, has delivered 40 Mi-171 helicopters (in the Mi-8AMT variant) to the commercial operator UTair. After the fortieth helicopter was accepted by UTair specialists on 9 September 2010, the new Mi-171 departed the UUAP airfield, heading for its base in Tumen.
â€œWeâ€™re finalizing our obligations pursuant to an important contract on the delivery of 40 Mi-171/Mi-8AMT helicopters,â€ says UUAP Managing Director Leonid Belykh. â€œThis contract is one of the largest not only for UUAP, but for Russian Helicopters as a whole by the number of helicopters being delivered to a Russian commercial operator. We are proud of the work weâ€™ve successfully completed and are ready to work on other orders from UTair or other commercial operators.â€
The contract between UTair and Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant was signed in 2007. All helicopters were produced and delivered ahead of schedule, because UTair is one of the top priority partners for Russian Helicopters holding and Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant.
UTair is the largest helicopter operator in the world by fleet number and weight-lifting capacity according to The Aircrafts State Register of the Russian Federation. It operates over 250 rotorcraft made by Russian manufacturers and other countries. Fleet capabilities and skilled personnel allow UTair to offer high quality, safe aviation operations of the highest complexity, all over the world. The Mi-8/17 helicopter is widely used in UN humanitarian missions, firefighting, transportation, search & rescue and other operations.
Russian Helicopters industrial holding is ready to consider a new order for the Mi-171 helicopter from UTair on a priority basis, guaranteeing the possibility of additional Mi-171 deliveries in a settled term. New modernised helicopter version based on the Mi-171 will be offered to UTair as to one of the most important customers.
The Mi-171 (Mi-8AMT for the domestic market) is a heavily modernised version of the world-famous Mi-8. The helicopter was designed by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and is produced at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The Mi-171 can carry up to 37 service passengers on light seats, up to 26 people on chairs, loads up to 4000 kg internally and externally, up to 12 injured in medevac missions. It can perform search and rescue, firefighting missions and loading/unloading in flight. The Mi-171 has a Russian type certificate, and approval of this certificate has been issued by China, South Korea, Slovakia, and Mongolia. Over 500 Mi-171 helicopters in various modifications are currently operated in Central and South-East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the CIS.
Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, JSC – the enterprise in Russia making both helicopters and airplanes. The manufacturing and technological capacities of the Plant makes it possible to quickly start production of new aircraft types and combine the manufacture of prototypes and mass production. Over 8000 aircraft have been built over the 70-year history of the Plant. Today it produces the Mi-171, Mi-171Sh helicopters.
Russian Helicopters, JSC is an affiliated company of UIC Oboronprom. It is the managing body of the following helicopter industry enterprises: Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, Kamov, Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, Kazan Helicopters, Rostvertol, Progress named after N.I. Sazykin, Arsenyev Aviation Company, Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise, Vpered Moscow Machine-Building Plant, Stupino Machine Production Plant, Reductor-PM , Novosibirsk Aircraft Repairing Plant, Helicopter Service Company, and service centres.
Partners of Russian Helicopters: AirTaxi Service (interior completions and maintenance); R.E.T. Kronshtadt (sea and aviation training systems, military navigation and avionics); Tranzas (software, navigation systems, aviation simulators); BETA AIR (testing equipment and aviation electronics);Ural Works of Civil Aviation (specialises in the repair of helicopter engines and components and reductors).
UIC Oboronprom, JSC is a multi-profile industrial and investment group established in 2002. Its main tasks include helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters managing company), engine-building (United Engine Industry Corporation managing company), and other activities.