29-May-2017 Source: Russian Helicopters
Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, delivered the first of six Ansat medevac helicopters to State Transport Leasing Company at the 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2017.
The contract to supply six multirole Ansats in medevac mode to State Transport Leasing Company was signed at the end of 2016. The agreement additionally provides for the supply of 10 Mi-8NTV-1 helicopters and 13 Mi-8AMT helicopters; per the agreement, all rotorcraft has to be delivered before the end of 2017.
The helicopters will be used in the implementation of a project aimed at timely emergency medical response to assist people living in hard-to-access areas of Russian Federation, which was approved by the Presidential Council of the Russian Federation for strategic development and priority projects.
“As part of HeliRussia-2017, we have officially transferred the first of six Ansat medevac helicopters stipulated in the contract to our colleagues from State Transport Leasing Company. RVS company, which will provide air medical services in the Volgograd Region, will become the operator of the helicopter. In the near future, the helicopter will start performing its main task – saving human lives, and our holding company, in its turn, will exert best efforts to develop and expand medical aviation fleet in Russia,” said Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky.
Ansat is a light twin-engine multirole helicopter with a hydro-mechanical flight control system. In May 2015, the modification with a medical module was certified. It complies with all international standards for medical aviation and allows to save a patient’s life during transporting to a hospital.
The medevac Ansat has a number of competitive advantages over rivals in its class. First of all, it requires less operational, training and maintenance expenses. In addition, it can maintain high speed, which allows to use it for long-range trips.
According to the helicopter certificate, its design allows to convert it into a cargo version or into a passenger rotorcraft that can lift up to seven people, in just one hour.
The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tatarstan became the first operator of a medevac Ansat; the rotorcraft was produced at Kazan Helicopters. The helicopter, which is intended for medevac tasks and onboard emergency medical response, was transferred to the Republican Clinical Hospital for emergency medical evacuation and transporting injured people.