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MOSCOW, July 15. /ITAR-TASS/. The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant has transferred the last four transport helicopters Mi-171E to the Chinese company Poly Technologies under a 2012 contract, the press service of the Russian Helicopters holding told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.“It is the final batch within the framework of the fulfillment of the contact on the supply of 48 helicopters, concluded by Rosoboronexport in 2012. A total of 52 helicopters have been supplied to the Chinese side under the main and additional contracts,” a press service representative said.
“The successful completion of this large contract to supply Mi-171E helicopters is another step towards strengthening successful cooperation between Russia and China,” said Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant Managing Director Leonid Belykh, the holding said in a press release. “Our helicopters have demonstrated their unique capabilities in action in China, and are deservedly in high demand in this fast-growing and high-potential market.”
The holding noted that the new helicopters were equipped with the VK-2500 higher-power engine, SAFIR auxiliary power plant and modernized transmission gear. The helicopters were also additionally equipped with integral tanks, searchlights and landing seats. Chinese crews have undergone training at the aircraft plant’s training centre.
According to the holding, China is one of the main customers for Russian-made helicopters: it currently operates more than 160 Mi-171 helicopters.