Mi-17 helicopter

Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters has handed over an additional batch of Mil Mi-17E multi-role military transport helicopters under contract to Poly Technologies.

Comprising four helicopters, the latest consignment brings the total number of helicopters delivered to date to by the company to 32.

Around 55 Mi-171E multipurpose helicopters were ordered by Poly Technologies as part of a $660m contract signed with Russian state-arm-exporter Rosoboronexport in July 2012, to help enhance the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) tactical airlift capabilities.

Manufactured by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the Mi-171E is an advanced variant of the Mi-17 medium twin-turbine helicopter, and is specially modified to deliver a high-class performance in mountainous terrain.

Fitted with enhanced VK-2500 engines and SAFIR auxiliary power plants, modernised transmissions, searchlights, internal fuel tanks and landing seats, the helicopter also features loading ramp and additional sliding door to increase efficiency of transportation tasks.

The Chinese aircrews already learned techniques and rules for piloting the helicopters in different conditions, using the new Russian Center for Scientific and Technical Services Dinamika-built Mi-171 flight simulator at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant’s Helicopter Training Complex.

"The simulator trains crews on how to respond during aircraft or equipment failure and other emergency situations."

Primarily intended to provide training on a complete range of flying and navigational skills in all weather conditions, the simulator also train crews on how to respond during aircraft or equipment failure and other emergency situations.

The Mi-171 helicopters are widely operated across China in support of transport, humanitarian assistance, rescue operations and in the aftermath of emergency situations.

An export version of the Mi-8/Mi-17 Hip multi-mission helicopter, the Mi-17 is designed for cargo transport, troop fire support, air-to-surface attack, medical evacuation and combat search and rescue (CSAR) operations.

Delivery of the final batch is scheduled to take place in 2014.

Image: a Mi-17 multi-role military transport helicopter during its flight. Photo: copyright of Russian Helicopters.

Defence Technology