The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of Russian Helicopters has delivered the first batch of two Mi-171 helicopters equipped with altitude engines VK-2500-03 to China under the contract with QINGDAO civil airline.
“The increase in global use of helicopters is now one of the key trends. In China they are to be used for fire-fighting operations,” said Alexey Kozlov, managing director of the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. “The national type certificate for Mi-171 rotorcraft with VK-2500-03 engines, issued in 2019 by the Civil Aviation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), presented an opportunity to supply this type of rotorcraft to this country.”
The contract with QINGDAO civil airline for delivery of six Mi-171 helicopters powered by VK-2500-03 engines was signed in December 2019. Under the contract, the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant has supplied the first batch of two helicopters. According to the document, four more rotorcraft are to be delivered in 2022. In 2019, the Civil Aviation Administration of the PRC issued a national type certificate for Mi-171 rotorcraft equipped with VK-2500-03 engines based on demonstration flight results in Chinese city of Lijiang. The Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Civil Aviation Administration of China highly rated helicopters’ transport capabilities for carrying cargo and extinguishing fires in the highlands.
The VK-2500-03 provides helicopter with fundamentally new capabilities when operating in high altitude and hot climate areas. Rotorcraft engines VK-2500-03 for Mi-171 ensure more power in emergency flight mode, which, in turn, increases flights safety on a single working engine.
The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant is one of the production enterprises of Russian Helicopters Holding Company. The modern production and technological potential of the plant enables quick organization of manufacturing new rotorcraft types and combination of prototype creation with serial equipment production. During eighty years of its existence, the plant built over 8500 rotorcraft. Today, the plant specialises in production of Mi-8AMT (Mi-171E), Mi-171 and Mi-8AMTSh (Mi-171Sh) helicopters.