Russian Helicopters has launched a take a look at programme to evaluate operations of the Mi-8/171 household of helicopters in Indonesia.
The corporate has already dispatched rotorcraft to the Indonesian part of the of the island of Borneo, the place they’ve been utilized in firefighting operations. Deployed belongings embody a pair of the brand new Mi-8AMT variant.
The helicopters are accompanied by Russian Helicopters crews and assist employees, and are working with native helicopter operator Nationwide Utility Helicopters (NUH).
The first mission is firefighting, and assessing the sustainment of the helicopters in an Indonesian operational setting.
Based on its site, NUH operates an all-western fleet comprising six Bell 412s, in addition to two Airbus Helicopters H130s and two Leonardo Helicopters AW119s.
“The principle activity underneath the contract [with NUH] is to hold out firefighting operations within the area, in addition to present consulting providers concerning the formation of its personal air fleet of Indonesian operators for annual firefighting operations,” says Leonid Belykh, managing director of the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the place the Mi-8/171 household is produced.
In the course of the deployment NUH officers may have entry to Russian Helicopters’ specialists and different providers.
Based on Cirium fleets information, previous to the Russian Helicopters deployment there have been 13 Mi-8/171 household helicopters in service in Indonesia, of which 9 are in service with the Indonesian military, and 4 with personal operators.