MOSCOW --- The Russian Helicopters Holding signed a contract with the government of the Pakistani province of Punjab for the delivery of Mi-171E multipurpose helicopter, the press service of the company said.
"The Russian Helicopters Holding (of the Rostec State Corporation) enhanced its positions on the market of civilian helicopters in Southern Asia. The new contract for the delivery of civilian multipurpose Mi-171E helicopter was signed with the government of Punjab province. The Mi-171E helicopter will be produced by the Ulan-Ude Aircraft Works," it said.
According to the contract, the helicopter has to be handed over to the customer in the second quarter of the year. The craft will be produced in a convertible variant which allows using it both as a transport vehicle and in the VIP-salon configuration capable of carrying 13 passengers and a steward. The transport configuration of Mi-171E can carry up to 27 passengers on flap seats or up to 4 tons of cargo inside the helicopter or on an outside suspension.
"The leadership of Punjab province is expected to use the multipurpose Mi-171E helicopter for passenger and cargo transportation, sanitary assignments, monitoring and eliminating the aftermath of emergency situations. The engagement capabilities of the helicopter were expanded by a mounted set of search-and-rescue equipment - a winding engine and a searchlight," the press service said.
TASS reported earlier that in January the holding signed a contract with the government of another Pakistani province - Balochistan - on the supply of a Mi-171 helicopter. It was the first-ever contract of the company for the delivery of civilian products to Pakistan.
Helicopters of the Mi-8/17 family are produced by the Ulan-Ude Aircraft Works and the Kazan Helicopter Works of the Russian Helicopters Holding. As for 2014 over 12 thousand craft were produced which is a world record for two-engine helicopters. They were supplied to over a hundred countries of the world. Their total flight record is close to 100 million hours.