Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will take part in the Singapore Airshow 2016 at the Changi Exhibition Center from 16 to 21 February 2016. The holding company will be showing its Mi-171A2 helicopter for the first time in Singapore. The display of the newest helicopters will boost presence of Russian Helicopters in the Southeast Asian markets.
„The aircraft fleet in the Southeast Asia is growing at a fast pace and strengthening of our competitive positions in that market is one of the key objectives of Russian Helicopters. More than 900 Russian-made civilian and military helicopters, which are currently in operation in that region, serve as a sound basis for the development of services. Russian Helicopters, which set the highest standards of performance, reliability and operating efficiency, will guarantee the future increase of the Russian presence in Asia”, – said the company’s CEO Alexander Mikheev.
The product line of Russian Helicopters featured at the show includes a large number of medium helicopters, both multirole and specialized, thus allowing potential customers to choose models that fit their objectives. World’s most popular multirole helicopters of the Mi-8/17 series are widely used in Southeast Asia, the Near and Middle East and Africa. The market launch of the highly upgraded Mi-171A2 and the new Mi-38 helicopters will greatly enhance the possibilities of government and commercial operators. Both rotorcrafts boosted their top speed, flight range and lifting capacity and are in full compliance with modern safety and operational requirements for these regions including flying during high temperatures, increased humidity, dustiness and salty sea air. The increased lifespan of the Mi-171A2s and Mi-38s’ bodies along with extensive use of composite materials will reduce maintenance costs and minimize expenses related to downtimes. Enhanced avionic equipment capabilities allow to operate these new Russian rotorcraft in any weather conditions, day and night, including featureless terrain and mountainous areas with rugged topography. On-board avionics incorporate the principle of a 'glass cockpit’ and display all necessary flight information on LCD screens, which includes helicopter location, status of its systems and conditions around. A four-channel digital autopilot decreases the crew’s workload, significantly facilitates piloting and automatizes flight operation. In December 2015 the Mi-38 was certified in Russia and is now ready to be delivered to customers from Southeast Asia, Africa, the Near and Middle East – the regions that have always been traditional markets for Russian Helicopters.
During the Singapore Airshow, the company will also feature its multirole Ka-32A11BC helicopter which is used in more than 30 countries around the world for firefighting, search and rescue operations and advanced construction works. The light helicopters segment will be represented by Ansat, which can serve as a passenger, police, medevac or a training helicopter.
Among featured military helicopters, the company will demonstrate its attack Mi-35M, which is created on the basis of the Mi-24/25/35 series. This machine can be used in combat in both good visual and adverse weather conditions, day and night. The helicopter is armed with precision guided and unguided weapons. Apart from combat missions, the Mi-35M can transport troops and cargo, and perform medical evacuation. The upgraded helicopter is different from the basic version in terms of lower expenses for continuing airworthiness.
One of the key topics during negotiations with government and commercial operators will be the development of after-sales support and services. Thanks to new programs aimed at keeping high operability of its fleet, Russian Helicopters assures increased flight times and guarantees functioning of the fleet at the target level and moderate expenses for continuing airworthiness.
The Singapore Airshow 2016 held from 16 to 21 February is one of Asia’s largest expos. The Changi Exhibition Centre occupies the area of 24 hectares. Participants’ pavilions are located in a 40,000 sqm exhibition hall, as well as in the static display area.
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