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Russian Helicopters delivers new Mi-171 to Russian operator SKOL Airline

Moscow / 14 March 2013 – Russian Helicopters, part of state defence holding Oboronprom and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, has delivered two Mi-171 transport helicopters with type certification to Russian aviation company SKOL Airline, LLC.

The Mi-171 is built at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, a Russian Helicopters company. The two helicopters delivered to SKOL are fitted with special lifting and transport equipment including an on-board boom and winch able to lift loads of 150kg (approx. 330 Ib) and an external hoist with capacity of up to 4,000kg (approx. 4400 lb). Shock-absorbing Fischer seats have been installed to improve comfort and safety for pilots.

SKOL Airline operates various Mi-8/17 series helicopters including the medium Mi-171, Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV, as well as the heavy Mi-26T, which are frequently deployed on UN peace-keeping and humanitarian missions around the world. This helicopters are used for transporting cargo, medicines, materials and passengers and to provide humanitarian aid. Helicopters previously supplied to SKOL include three Mi-171, two of which were delivered in 2009 and one in 2010.

The new helicopters are forecast to help SKOL strengthen its position and increase its share of the international air-freight market, where the helicopters’ capabilities are highly rated, as well as their reliability and the value for money that they offer. SKOL plans to increase its fleet of Mi-171s, and is currently considering new supply contracts with Russian Helicopters.



Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant is a Russian Helicopters production facility. The plant has extensive and advanced manufacturing and technical capabilities that enable it to quickly launch production of new aircraft types and also to build prototypes and mass-produce helicopters. The plant has built more than 8,000 machines in its 70-year history. Today it specializes in the production of the Mi-171 (Mi-8AMT) and Mi-171Sh helicopters.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of the Rostec State Corporation. 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 2011 its IFRS revenues increased 27.8% to RUB 103.9 billion. Deliveries reached 262 helicopters.

UIC Oboronprom, JSC is a multi-profile industrial and investment group established in 2002. It is a part of the Rostec State Corporation. Its main tasks include: helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters, JSC) and engine-building (United Engine Industry Corporation managing company).

The Russian Technologies State Corporation (Rostec) was established in 2007 to support Russian industry in developing, producing and exporting high-tech industrial products for civil and military use. The Corporation includes 663 companies, currently organised into 12 defence holdings and five holdings for civil industries. The Corporation has a presence in 60 of Russia’s regions, and exports its products to 70 countries. Russian Technologies State Corporation is headed by Sergei Chemezov. In 2011 the Corporation had net income of RUB 1.55 billion, and paid RUB 100 billion into budgets of all levels.

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