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Russian Helicopters tests Mi-171A2 helicopters with latest avionics suite

Russian Helicopters tests Mi-171A2 helicopters with latest avionics suite
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Russian Helicopters and Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET), both part of State Corporation Rostec, have started testing the Mi-171A2 helicopter kitted out with the KBO-17 on-board avionics suite. Hovering tests will take places at the National Helicopter Building Centre in the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant flight-test complex. KBO-17 avionics have been fitted to the first test model of the Mi-171A2, which was presented at the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS) in Zhukovsky in 2013.

The KBO-17 avionics suite was developed at the Ulyanovsk Instrument Manufacturing Design Bureau (part of KRET). Thanks to the KBO-17 suite, the Mi-171A2 can operate safely at any time of day or night, even in adverse weather conditions. For additional flight safety, the Mi-171A2 is fitted out with GPS/GLONASS satellite system displays, mapping, flight-plan navigation systems (VOR/ILS), meteorological information and automated obstacle warning systems (alerting crew to power lines, masts, isolated trees etc.). The KBO-17 suite can be enhanced with the KOC-17 day/night vision system.

The KBO-17 boasts a 'glass cockpit' piloting and navigation system equipped with five LCD displays. The displays show the most important information at each stage of the flight, allowing the flight crew to fully evaluate the helicopter's operation and navigation.

The helicopter is also fitted with an on-board equipment maintenance system, which means it can operate without in-flight engineers, reducing the number of crew required to two - without any reduction in safety.

Two helicopters are currently undergoing tests on the Mi-171A2 programme: the 'flying laboratory' built on the basis of the serial-produced Mi-8/17 helicopter, and the first prototype model of the Mi-171A2. Work on the second prototype is underway at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, and once complete it will join the other two models for tests. In addition, two frames of the Mi-171A2 will undergo static and fatigue testing. Russian Helicopters expects work for Mi-171A2 certification to be completed in 2015.

Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant is a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters. Its key areas of activity are experimental research and design, and the design, construction and testing of prototype helicopters. Since its founding, the Plant has created 12 basic models of helicopter, including the Mi-8/17, Mi-35M, Mi-26, Mi-28, Mi-38 and numerous modifications. Mi-helicopters are in operation in 110 countries worldwide and form the backbone of helicopter aviation in Russia, the CIS, as well as in countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Ulyanovsk Instrument Manufacturing Design Bureau was founded on 24 May 1954 and is one of the leading aviation instrument manufacturing bureaux in Russia. Its key activity is the development, manufacture, and after-sales maintenance of avionics suites and systems for planes and helicopters, automatic control systems for land vehicles, hydro power engineering and the medical industry. The high-tech development level is achieved thanks to highly-qualified specialists and the latest research, design, testing and production facilities. The enterprise is part of Radioelectronic Technology Concern (KRET) and State Corporation Rostec, and has the status of a Centre of Competence on airborne equipment systems for civilian helicopters.

Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies, JSC (KRET) is the largest Russian company in radio-electronic industry. It was founded in 2009. It is a part of the State Corporation Rostec. Its main activities: development and production of systems and complexes of the onboard avionics for civil and military aircrafts, radars air-launched, IFF and EW systems, measuring instruments for various applications, electrical connectors and cables. In addition, enterprises of the Group are producing modern household appliances, medical equipment, equipment and control systems for fuel and energy complex, transport and engineering. The Group includes 97 research institutes, design offices and factories located in 29 constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Number of employees: approximately 50 000 people.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of State Corporation Rostec. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. Over 8000 helicopters of Soviet/Russian make are operated in 110 countries worldwide. Traditionally the demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia, and CIS countries. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2013 its IFRS revenues increased 10% to RUB 138.3 billion. Deliveries reached 275 helicopters.

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