ZHUHAI --- China plans to buy six Russian Mi-171A2 multipurpose helicopters by 2022, a spokesperson of the Russian Helicopters holding told reporters on Thursday at the AirShow China.
"China General Aviation Service confirmed the intention to buy a batch of Mi-171A2 helicopters," the spokesperson said.
"Deliveries in interests of such a large operator will definitely facilitate awarding further orders," Chief Executive Officer of the holding Andrei Boginsky said. Validation of the certificate for Mi-171A2 in China is underway, the company said.
The multipurpose Mi-171A2 helicopter is a deliverable of deep upgrade of Mi-8/17 helicopter family, with more than 80 changes made in its design. The aircraft can operate day and night, in the environment of high mountains, high and low temperature, higher humidity, and above water surface. Mi-171A2 are fitted with a "glass cabin" avionics package. The crew consists of two persons.