The press service of Russian Helicopters Holding announced today that the Mi-171A2 has received certification in South Korea. In a press release the holding said that the validation of the Mi-171A2 certificate confirms the compliance of the helicopter design with local flight safety requirements and authorizes its operation in the Republic of Korea.
"South Korea is the largest foreign operator of Ka-32 aircraft, and also has successful experience in operating Mi-8/17 helicopters in the police force. Validation of the Mi-171A2 certificate indicates a high level of trust in Russian helicopters and their demand in this country. I am sure that the outstanding flight performance and the most modern on-board equipment of the Mi-171A2 will be appreciated by our Korean partners, with whom we are already negotiating the supply of this aircraft, "said Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky.
The first foreign operator of the Mi-171A2 was the Republic of Kazakhstan. Additionally, the helicopter certificate has been validated by the aviation authorities of India and Colombia. It is also planned to validate the Mi-171A2 certificate in China, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and other countries.
The newest VK-2500 engines with improved operational characteristics give the Mi-171A2 fundamentally new possibilities for operation in high-mountainous regions and areas with hot climates. Thanks to a more efficient X-shaped tail rotor, a new main rotor with composite blades, as well as an improved aerodynamic profile, the cruising and maximum speed of the Mi-171A2 relative to the serially produced Mi-8/17 helicopters increased by 10%, and the carrying capacity - by 25% .
The use of the KBO-17-1 digital avionics complex on the Mi-171A2 helicopter, designed according to the "glass cockpit" principle, made it possible to reduce the crew to two people. The use of video cameras has improved visibility when working with an external suspension. Flight safety has been improved through the use of modern systems to prevent collisions with the ground, other aircraft and obstacles on the helicopter's route.
Depending on the needs of the operator, the Mi-171A2 can perform search and rescue, medical, transport operations, extinguish fires or transport passengers at any time of the day at temperatures from -50 to + 50 ° C.