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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia will soon launch production of a new Mi-171A3 helicopter for shelf operations, Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (part of Russian Helicopters) Managing Director Leonid Belykh said in an interview.

    "An offshore version of Mi-171A2, the Mi-171A3 helicopter, which will meet all the requirements for shelf operations, will be launched [into production] soon. Preparations for its production are already underway", Belykh stated.

    There has not been any need in such a helicopter previously, since oil used to be produced onshore only, he explained.

    The Mi-173A3 is a deeply modernised version of the Mi-171A2 multipurpose helicopter. Its detailed technical characteristics are yet to be revealed.


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