Russian Helicopters start Mi-171A2 flight tests

Russian Helicopters has began flight tests on the first prototype of the Mi-171A2 helicopter.

The first prototype of the Mi-171A2 was designed for tests on its in-flight safety. The new helicopter is fitted with the KBO-17 avionics suite and with the new VK-2500PS-03 engines.

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The second prototype will be equipped with an additional range of equipment options: an external sling for up to 5 tonnes and weight measurement system; air-conditioning system, energy absorbing passenger seats for 24 passengers. This model is currently being assembled and equipped at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant.

The Mi-171A2 was developed by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, part of Russian Helicopters from the Mi-8/17 helicopter.

Russian Helicopters released a video of the Mi-171A2 first prototype maiden flight.

Terry Spruce

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