Mil Mi-8

March 30, 2010 - 11:13am

Production in 2009 Russian Helicopters last month announced that
its factories produced 183 helicopters last year, an increase of 8.3 percent over the previous year. Of the total, 105 were civil helicopters and nine of those were outfitted in executive configuration. More than 50 percent of the total deliveries were for export. The venerable Mi-8/17 medium twin accounted for 139 deliveries.

June 30, 2009 - 12:02pm

Looking beyond the current financial picture, the Russian aviation industry plans to increase helicopter production in the coming years, according to Andrei Reus, director general of Oboronprom. In fact, the Russian helicopter manufacturing industry aims to capture 15 percent of the world’s helicopter market by 2015.

December 1, 2008 - 6:54am

Piestany, Slovakia-based UTair Europe has announced “an expansion of its flight destinations and an increase in helicopter services” throughout Europe. It will thus build on momentum started by its two Mi-8Ts and two Mi-171s, which have been involved in a number of aerial work operations.

September 25, 2008 - 6:59am

Operators of Mil helicopters meeting at Russia’s Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP) in late July heard how the Mil-171 led rescue operations for victims of the recent earthquake in China’s Sichuan province. Of the 137 Russian, Chinese, French and U.S. helicopters involved in the effort, 74 were Mi-171s, and these were responsible for rescuing more than 37,000 people (of a total of around 60,000).

August 29, 2008 - 1:27pm

Operators of Mil helicopters meeting at Russia’s Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP) in late July heard how the Mil-171 led rescue operations for victims of the recent earthquake in China’s Sichuan province. Of the 137 Russian, Chinese, French and U.S. helicopters involved in the effort, 74 were Mi-171s, and these were responsible for rescuing more than 37,000 people (of a total of around 60,000).

August 5, 2008 - 7:04am

“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”–Sir Winston Churchill, radio speech, 1939.

May 19, 2008 - 6:51am

In certain oil-rich regions of Russia and its federated republics, natural gas is so abundant that it is treated as a waste product of the crude-oil extraction process. Anxious to cash in on whatever technological opportunities that beckoned, engineers from the Mil design bureau developed a variant of the Mi-8 helicopter that used natural gas as a fuel.

February 8, 2008 - 6:10am

Having found some success with military orders for the Mi-28N and Mi-8/17, Moscow-based Mil is seeking to expand its offerings and attract some interest from the business aviation market.

January 23, 2008 - 10:15am

With a max gross weight of nearly 29,000 pounds, the Mil Mi-17 is no small helicopter. It is a workhorse that has gained a considerable following in most parts of the world. More than 10,000 Mi-17s and Mi-8s (from which it was derived) have been delivered for both military and civilian roles since the 1960s, including more than 2,400 for export. Some 200 are operating in Central America and the northern countries of South America.

November 13, 2007 - 5:03am

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent Middle East tour triggered the signing of a $25 million contract to supply six Kamov Ka-226 light helicopters to Jordan over the next two years. The deal is a breakthrough for Russian helicopter manufacturers as Jordan previously bought only Western-built rotorcraft.

 
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