Holding "Helicopters of Russia", included in the Corporation "Oboronprom" revealed at an industry exhibition HeliExpo-2012 U.S. modernized Mi-171A2, ITAR-TASS reported. The new helicopter is intended primarily to supply the world market and is a deep modernization Mi-8/17.
At the end of January 2012 it was announced that Moscow Helicopter Plant named after Mile began assembly of the first prototype of the Mi-171A2. In the near future helicopter will begin flight tests, and its mass production will begin in the first half of 2014. Since the end of 2014 cars will come on to customers.
The upgraded helicopter will differ reduced maintenance costs and flight hours. According to the draft, the Mi-171A2 with the main fuel tanks will be flown to a distance of 850 kilometers. An external load helicopter can carry loads of up to five tons. Mi-171A2 will be able to operate at temperatures from -50 to 50 degrees Celsius.
In addition, Mi-171A2 will be implemented "glass" cockpit — instead of analogue devices will be installed in the cockpit multifunction liquid crystal displays.