LANGKAWI – March 26, 2019: Russian Helicopters introduced its state-of-the-art Ansat and Mi-171A2 helicopters to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he visited the Russian Pavilion here.
He was briefed by Russian Helicopters’s Deputy CEO for Aftersales Service, Igor Chechikov.
“As part of this exhibition we present the Ansat and Mi-171A2 helicopters which were in Malaysia last year within the demonstration tour across Southeast Asia.
“Besides, here you can see our new civilian helicopter Mi-38, which occupies a niche between the classical Mi-8 and Mi-26 machines. We intend to develop fruitful cooperation with our partners from Malaysia and offer them both advanced machines and flexible service and aftersales service systems,” he said.
The Mi-171A2 helicopter was presented to Dr Mahathir in the same livery as it had during the demonstration tour.
“Malaysia is one of the key Rostec’s markets in Southeast Asia. Russia and Malaysia have been partners in the aerospace industry for decades. For instance, Malaysia successfully operates several Mi-17 helicopters,” said Viktor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Department of the State Corporation.
“We aim to expand our partnership in aviation, and we are ready to consider various cooperation options, from granting loans for supply to establishing joint service centers and technology transfer.”
Both the Ansat and the Mi-171A2 were in Malaysia as part of its 5,000-kilometer demonstration tour in November 2018.
Ansat is a light multipurpose twin-engine helicopter serial production of which is deployed at the Kazan helicopter plant.
Its design allows converting it into a cargo version or into a passenger rotorcraft that can lift up to seven people.
The machine is certified for use with a medical module in the temperatures ranging between -45°С and +50°С.
High-altitude tests of Ansat have been successfully completed, which confirmed the possibility of its use in mountainous terrain at altitudes up to 3,500 meters.
Mi-171A2 is a medium-class multipurpose helicopter combining unique experience of operating the helicopters of Mi-8/17 type and the holding company’s latest designs.
The helicopter may be effectively and safely used around the clock, in highland conditions, at low and high temperatures, high humidity and overwater. – Abdul Rahmat Omar
Caption: Dr Mahathir is briefed on the capabilities of the Mi-171A2)