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Russian Helicopters, part of Rostec State Corporation, has delivered two Ansat and five Mi-8AMT helicopters in medical configuration to State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) as part of a contract.
Transmitted Ansat production of the Kazan Helicopter Plant became the third and fourth helicopters, which GTLK received this year. The aircraft will be based in the Moscow region, in the Helipark Podushkino, from where they will later go on to carry out air ambulance tasks in Russian regions.
“Given our vast geography and a large number of remote areas, the availability of air ambulance services in the Russian Federation is a necessity,” said the general director of Russian Helicopters, Andrei Boginsky.
In 2017 medical aviation units in various regions of the Russian Federation carried out more than 6,000 flights and evacuated 8,000 patients, including almost 700 children under one year. Delivery of helicopters to customers in the framework of the federal project for the development of sanitary aviation will make these services even more accessible, which means saving more lives.
Manufactured at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the Mi-8AMT will soon be sent to the Novosibirsk and Tyumen regions.
“The need for sanitary aviation services is very high, especially in Siberia and the Far East,” said Boginsky.
According to medical experts, rapid delivery by air is required in more than half of emergency situations, depending on the region.
“I hope that shipments of helicopters equipped with modern medical equipment will be continued and in the next year,” Boginsky added.
In the coming months, another eight Ansat, six Mi-8AMT and two Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters will be transferred to the GTLK. In total, in 2018, the GTLK will receive 31 medical helicopters (12 Ansat, 13 Mi-8AMT and six Mi-8MTV-1).
Helicopter technology is supplied by GTLK in order to facilitate the further renewal of the fleet of Russian operating organizations. In 2017, Russian Helicopters delivered 29 medical helicopters to GTLK.
“Of the 31 helicopters contracted for 2018, we have signed leasing contracts for 22 aircraft by the current moment, and the remaining helicopters have already been distributed among the operators, which means that the program is of tremendous interest and can be prolonged in 2019,” said the general director of GTLK, Sergey Khramagin.