Russian Helicopters Begins Mi-171A2 Flight Tests
Russian Helicopters has started flight tests on the first prototype of the multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter. During the first flight, the main systems were tested and found to be in excellent working order.
According to the press service, the first Mi-171A2 prototype was designed for testing its in-flight operability and safety when using the KBO-17 avionics suite, including its interoperability with the new VK-2500PS-03 engines. The first Mi-171A2 prototype has been subjected to ground runs, which led to the first successful tests in hover mode in October 2014. The new helicopter’s rotor system and engine were tested by the special Mi-171LL flying laboratory.
The Mi-171A2 was developed by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. Many of the solutions developed during design work on the Mi-171A2 have been incorporated into other helicopters of the Mi-8/17 family. The Mi-171A2 can be operated at any time of day or night, including under adverse weather conditions.