The multipurpose helicopter Mi-171A3, developed by the Russian Helicopters Holding Company (Rostec State Corporation), started flight tests. The maiden flight in hover mode lasted 15 minutes and passed properly; all systems evinced stable operation. The rotorcraft is designed for offshore operations and maintenance of offshore drilling platforms.
During the flight, the crew consisting of chief test pilot, Hero of Russia Alexander Klimov and test pilot, knight of the Order of Courage Vladimir Kutanin performed a series of short vertical maneuvers, while turning and moving the helicopter in all directions at various speeds.
“The modern and competitive Mi-171A3 helicopter was developed in record time: the state contract for the development of a helicopter modification designed for flights to offshore platforms was signed by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade with the Holding in 2020. The total amount of state support for the project amounts to 1 billion rubles,” said Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.
The development of the Mi-171A3 began in 2018. The latest helicopter fully complies with IOGP (International Association of Oil and Gas Producers) standards and meets the increased requirements for promoting the safety of flights over-water.