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Gazprom bought 16 Mi-171A3 from Russian Helicopters
Gazprom and Russian Helicopters signed a cooperation agreement for the supply of Mi-171A3 maritime helicopters. A prototype of the helicopter was presented at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2021. The agreement was signed by Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Andrey Boginsky, CEO of Russian Helicopters.
According to the press service of UUAZ, the Mi-171A3 is the first Russian helicopter for offshore operations. It is designed according to IOGP standards.
As Andrei Boginsky noted, at the first stage, we are talking about 16 high-tech machines that meet the most modern aviation security standards.
“We are grateful to the fuel and energy companies and, first of all, to our colleagues from Gazprom for their active participation in shaping the technical appearance of the Mi-171A3, we have taken into account all their requirements. Serial production of this helicopter at U-UAZ will be the result of the large-scale modernization that we have carried out at our enterprises in recent years, ”he said.
The Mi-171A3 is equipped with an anti-crash fuel system, emergency landing gear and external liferafts. To operate the helicopter in the most difficult weather conditions, the helicopter will be equipped with a "glass cockpit" with digital navigation equipment.
The first configuration of the helicopter assumes the transportation of up to 24 passengers and cargo up to five tons. The second is intended for search and rescue operations; it will be additionally equipped with specialized equipment, including medical ones. If necessary, the helicopter can be manually converted from a cargo-passenger to a search and rescue helicopter.
Gazprom intends to purchase Mi-171A3 helicopters as required, place orders for repairs and maintenance at UUAZ. They are planned to be used for work on the fields of the continental shelf.
“We are very pleased that it was the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant that was chosen as the final assembly point and serial production of this newest helicopter. This agreement will provide the staff of the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant with stable work for the coming years, "said the head of the Republic of Buryatia, Alexei Tsydenov.