Russian Helicopters shows multirole and VIP rotorcraft at Paris Air Show

June 11, 2015
PARIS, June 2015. Russian Helicopters is showcasing is highlighting its Mi-26T2 and Ka-32A11BC multirole helicopters as well as the Mi-171A2 VIP model at Paris Air Show.

PARIS, June 2015. Russian Helicopters is showcasing is highlighting its Mi-26T2 and Ka-32A11BC multirole helicopters as well as the Mi-171A2 VIP model at Paris Air Show.

The heavy Mi-26T2 – an upgraded version of the world's heaviest lifting Mi-26T helicopter – is equipped with the latest avionics, enabling the number of crew to be cut from five to two/three people. The new helicopter does not need special airfield-based maintenance, and can be based autonomously long term. The Mi-26T2 meets the latest international aviation construction standards, and series production was launched at Russian Helicopters' Rostvertol plant in 2015.

Participants and visitors to the exhibition can learn more about the new medium Mi-171A2, which Russian Helicopters will unveil in its VIP variant at Le Bourget. This new model is performing well in the final phase of tests. It is equipped with an integrated digital avionics suite, and a glass cabin design making it possible to cut the required crew to two people. The Mi-171A2 also boasts a modernized fuselage, engine, and rotor system.

Another model on display is the Ka-32A11BC, designed for special search-and-rescue, construction or assembly work, transporting cargo on an external sling, logging, evacuating the sick and injured, complex fire-fighting operations, in addition to patrols and providing support for special operations. The Ka-32A11BC is operated worldwide, and has proved to be an outstanding firefighting helicopter.

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