Chinese aviation authorities have granted type certification for Ansat light multipurpose helicopter. Russian Helicopters will start deliveries to China in accordance with a contract previously concluded.
At Airshow China 2018, Russian Helicopters signed a contract for supplying 20 Ansat helicopters to the Chinese Emergency and Disaster Relief Association.
“The Chinese market is much larger that the Russian market, even taking into account the EAEU. Thus, China is an important potential market for us, and we may sell several hundred helicopters. However, first we should ensure after-sales service, and we are also doing that now. Development will give us more opportunities and chances in terms of equipment supply, because the helicopter price is very competitive”, stated Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov.
In November-December 2018, the Ansat took part in the Russian Helicopters demonstration tour in Southeast Asia. The helicopter flew over five thousand kilometers on its own, having performed demonstration flights in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia.
The light multipurpose Ansat helicopter was designed by the Kazan Helicopters design office. The rotorcraft has two engines and can be used for passenger and VIP transport, cargo delivery, environmental monitoring, and as an air medical helicopter. High-altitude tests of Ansat have been successfully completed, which confirmed the possibility of its operation in mountainous terrain at altitudes up to 3,500 meters. The helicopter can be operated in a temperature range between -45 and 50 C.