“Countries in Latin America are some of the most promising markets for Russian helicopters. Our commercial and military helicopters have long been in operation in this region, and Russian Helicopters is continuing to supply advanced machines that combine latest technologies, have a broad operational range, are reliable and easy to maintain,” said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev.
The latest Mi-171A2 multirole helicopter is on show at LAAD Defense & Security 2015. It combines the distinguished operational experience built up by Mi-8/17 helicopters world over with the latest technology, design and materials. Russian Helicopters launched flight tests on it in November 2014.
The Mi-171A1 is one of the latest modifications of the Mi-8/17 (photo) currently in use in the region. It received type certification from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency in 2005. This model is operated by Atlas Taxi Aereo as a cargo transport helicopter in remote regions of the Amazon Selvas for the Brazilian oil company Petrobras. These reliable, efficient machines were highly praised by the Brazilian operator.
Visitors to LAAD Defense & Security 2015 are able to see the Ka-32A11BC, a popular helicopter in Latin America. Brazil's Helipark Taxi Aéreo has operated the Ka-32A11BC since 2012 for the commercial transport of industrial cargo on an external sling and in construction work in difficult to reach parts of the Amazon basin. The Ka-32A11BC boasts the best cargo capacity in its class, and outstanding maneuverability.
These helicopters are in use in over 30 countries. The European Aviation Safety Agency certified the Ka-32A11BC in 2009, and Australia's civil aviation safety authority certified it in February 2013. It also meets FAR29 and AP-29 standards. In August 2014, a service centre in Brazil was authorized to carry out maintenance on these helicopters.
Together with Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters' military range of helicopter production will be showcased for representatives from defense ministries across Latin America. These will include the Mi-35M gunship helicopter, the Mi-17V-5 and the Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters. These are all currently in use in Air Forces across Latin America.
LAAD Defense & Security takes place in Brazil every two years. Russian Helicopters has been taking part in the exhibition since 2011.