MOSCOW, October 10 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Helicopters will deliver 27 Mi-8 and Ansat-U military helicopters to the Russian Defense Ministry by the end of 2014, the company said on Friday.
“In 2014, as part of the state defense order we have supplied Russia’s Armed Forces with three Mi-8MTV-5-1s, and plan further deliveries of one Mi-8MTV-2, an additional 17 Mi-8MTV-5-1s and six Ansat-Us built at Kazan Helicopters,” Russian Helicopters head Alexander Mikheev said.
“Fulfillment of the state defense order is a key strategic priority for us, directly responsible for supporting the country’s defense capabilities", he stated.
The Russian Defense Ministry is the largest client for Russian-built helicopters.
The Mi-8MTV-5-1 is supplied to Russia’s military and law-enforcement agencies, and is designed to transport up to 4,000 kg of cargo and equipment. The helicopter can also fly search-and-rescue missions and carry out a number of specialized tasks.
The Ansat-U is the light training helicopter designed for effective training of military pilots and special authority pilots.
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom (part of Rostec corporation) is a global leader in the field of helicopter manufacture and the only developer and manufacturer of helicopters in Russia.