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TIN news:      Russian Helicopters has completed first flight of the Mi-171A2, marking another major step in the commercialisation of the country’s military-oriented rotorcraft industry.
The multi-role Mi-171A2 heavy lift helicopter, with upgraded engines, avionics and rotor system, was flown by Salivat Sadriev, a Russian Helicopters commander and test pilot first class.
An online video posted by Russian Helicopters shows that the first flight began with a hover, then Sadriev commanded a clockwise turn around the helipad. The aircraft then lowered its nose, accelerated forward and gained altitude.
The Mi-171A2 is the Russian industry’s answer to the class of super midsize helicopters gaining popularity in the West, such as the AgustaWestland AW189, Airbus Helicopters EC-175 and the Bell Helicopter 525.
Based on the military Mi-171Sh helicopter, the Mi-171A2 replaces the two TV3-117 engines with the full authority digital engine control (FADEC)-equipped VK-2500PS-03. It also integrates the KBO-17 avionics suite, which replaces an analogue flightdeck with a glass cockpit display. The Mi-171A2 is also designed with an improved rotor system, including a new rotor hub and swashplate.
The aircraft is not designed to be certificated by Western civil aircraft authorities, but it is instead marketed for Russian operators.
The Mi-171A2 is scheduled to achieve certification in 2015.

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