Russian Helicopters highlights aircraft in South Africa
Russian Helicopters will showcase its commercial Mi-8/17 and Ka-32A11BC series helicopters as well as the latest Mi-171A2 at the annual ADD business aviation show in South Africa.
Alexander Mikheev, CEO of Russian Helicopters says: “Our positions on the South African helicopter market, and in Africa as a whole, have traditionally been strong, and we view this as one of the most important regions for us. The total fleet of Russian-made helicopters on the continent exceeds 770 units. In South Africa, Mi-8/17 and Ka-32 series helicopters are operated from the Denel Aviation service centre that services civilian Mi-8/17 helicopters. I am confident that, in future, the fleet of these helicopters in operation on the continent will continue to grow.”
The company will demonstrate the capabilities of Mi8/17, Mi-171 and Mi-172 helicopters.
The Mi-171 and Mi-172 helicopters are designed for operation in the civil aviation sector – for cargo, passenger, and VIP transportation. In addition, security and police agencies will be shown the Ansat and its training version the Ansat-U. The Ansat can be used to transport cargo and passengers, as a police or medical helicopter, for surveillance and search and rescue operations. The Ansat-U is used for training various types of crew.
Russian Helicopters will also display the Ka-3211BC helicopter, which is suited for firefighting and rescue services. Ka-32 helicopters are operated in Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and Switzerland.
Russian Helicopters are widely used by the UN on various missions around the world.