Off shore Mi-171 version launched

During the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Show, Russian Helicopters presented the prototype of the Mi-171A3. It is registered as RA-17172. The A3 model is the latest branch on the immense Mil Mi-8/17/171 family tree. The new A3 is the first Russian domestically produced helicopter intended primarily for offshore operations (transportation of passengers and cargo over the sea). It has been designed according to the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) standards.

The serial aircraft will have a maximum take-off weight of 13 tons. The Mi-171A3 meets the increased safety requirements for flights over the water surface. In particular, it will be equipped with an emergency-resistant fuel system, an auto-activated emergency water landing system, and external life rafts. Mi-171A3 will feature a glass cockpit with integrated flight and navigation complex for the most difficult weather conditions.

The new off shore helicopter will be available in two configurations. The first is for transportation of up to 24 passengers and cargo up to five tons. The second is for search and rescue operations and will be additionally equipped with specialized equipment, including medical. If required, the operator will be able to convert the cargo and passenger helicopter to a search and rescue helicopter independently.

During MAKS-2021 Russian Helicopters announced that Russia’s oil company Gazprom intends to purchase an unknown number of Mi-171A3 helicopters. Having found a launch customer, the helicopter manufacturer will proceed with Mi-171A3 prototype tests, organize mass production and certification. There will also be established service centers for aircraft maintenance, simulators and training centers tutoring flight and technical personnel. Gazprom’s new Mi-171A3s are scheduled to be used on the continental shelf fields.

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