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As part of a contract with the government of Equatorial Guinea, Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) has produced and delivered two Mi-172 helicopters to the customer, manufactured at Kazan Helicopters (KVZ).
One of the helicopters produced under the contract is being delivered in VIP modification. The helicopter is designed for transportation of up to 12 passengers in greater comfort. The custom-made interior is equipped with all the necessary up-to-date hardware and uses high-quality materials.
The second Mi-172 has been delivered in passenger modification. It can transport up to 26 people in comfortable conditions.
“Equatorial Guinea is a long-time partner of Russian Helicopters,” said the CEO of the Russian Helicopters holding company, Andrey Boginsky. “In 2006, we also delivered two Mi-172 helicopters in VIP and passenger modifications to the country. I would like to note that Russian helicopters are popular in Africa due to their advantages: reliability, easy operation, good price/quality ratio. Therefore, I am sure that this contract will not be the last one.”
The Mi-172 is a variant of the Mi-17 helicopter that is certified for passenger transportation and has established itself as a reliable aircraft with a high level of safety.
The Mi-172 is a classic single-rotor helicopter with an anti-torque rotor and a twin-engine power unit. The improved performance of the helicopter meets special requirements for passenger transportation. In addition to the passenger and VIP modifications, there are also transport; medical and evacuation; search-and-rescue; military; and firefighting models of this aircraft.
Specific features of the Mi-172 include the large power reserve of the power unit, excellent altitude characteristics, a spacious cockpit, various options of avionics, and autonomous preparation for flights and maintenance.
The Mi-8/17 model helicopters are designed for operation in any climatic conditions as they can be used in a wide temperature range (from -50 С to 50 С). Today, there are a total of 400 Mi-8/17 helicopters in countries on the African continent.