Ulan-Ude builds its 850th Mi-171 series helicopter

Russian Helicopters announces that Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP) has produced its 850th Mi-171 series helicopter.
Russian Helicopters Mi-171A1

Russian Helicopters Mi-171A1

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP) in Russia, which was founded in 1939, has built its 850th Mi-171 series helicopter for Russian Helicopters.

The landmark aircraft was a Mi-171A1 helicopter built for Brazilian commercial operator Atlas Taxi Aereo. The helicopter will be used by Brazilian national oil company Petrobas to support drilling operations in Brazil’s rainforests.

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The timely delivery of the helicopter coincides with UUAP’s 75th anniversary celebrations. The plant traces its history back to 1939, with the creation of Aircraft Repair Plant No. 99 in Ulan-Ude, where it repaired fighters and bombers during the Second World War.

UUAP started manufacturing helicopters in 1956, producing the Ka-15, Ka-18 and then Ka-25 simultaneously with fixed-wing aircraft. In 1980 the plant began to build the first models of the Mi-8/17 series – the Mi-8MT and its export version the Mi-17.

Today, UUAP produces different variants of the Mi-8/17 series. The facility is developing the new Mi-171A2 prototype using the latest developments and materials.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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