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First flight of new Russian off-shore helicopter

This is the Mi-171A3 aircraft designed for these operations

The Mi-171A3 helicopter, developed by the State-owned Russian Helicopters for off-shore operations and maintenance of oil platforms, has made its first flight. It was, technically a hovering: a takeoff with stationing in the air at a constant altitude that lasted about 15 minutes. The pilot also performed a series of short vertical maneuvers, while turning and moving the helicopter in all directions at various speeds. 

"The first flight is an important stage in the testing of the new rotorcraft. According to the pilots, the helicopter is great, easy to manage, and the equipment works well. We expect that the rotorcraft will be in high demand among companies in the fuel and energy sector both domestically and abroad. The market volume for the new offshore helicopter is estimated at about 100 rotorcraft by 2035, but this forecast is likely to be improved. The interest of potential customers significantly increased after its premiere at 'MAKS-2021'", said Rostec Ceo, Sergey Chemezov.

The Mi-171A3 helicopter was developed thanks to a 1 million Euros State contract, said Russian Industry Minister, Denis Manturov, which allowed the helicopter to be modified to suit off-shore flight. The aircraft complies with International Association of Oil and Gas Producer (Iogp) standards. 

On the same subject see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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