"Russian Helicopters" has delivered two Mi-171 helicopters powered by high-altitude engines to China

The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant part of the "Russian Helicopters" Holding Company (Rostec State Corporation) has delivered the first batch of two Mi-171 helicopters equipped with high-altitude engines VK-2500-03 to China within a contract with civil airline "QINGDAO".  

"Russian Helicopters" has delivered two Mi-171 helicopters powered by high-altitude engines to China

"One of the main recent trends is the increasing use of helicopters in the world. Aircraft planned to be used in China for aviation firefighting operations," noted Alexey Kozlov, managing director of the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. – The opportunity to supply this type of machine to China was made possible by national type certificate for Mi-171 aircraft with VK-2500-03 engines, issued in 2019 by the Civil Aviation Administration of the People's Republic of China."

The contract with QINGDAO, a civilian airline, for delivery of six Mi-171 helicopters powered by VK-2500-03 engines was signed in December 2019. Under the contract, U-UAP has delivered the first batch of two helicopters. Another four will be delivered, according to this contract, in 2022.

In 2019, the Civil Aviation Administration of the PRC issued a national type certificate for Mi-171 aircraft equipped with VK-2500-03 engines based on demonstration flight results in Chinese city of Lijiang. The Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Civil Aviation Administration of China praised helicopters' transport capabilities for carrying cargo and extinguishing fires in the highlands.

The VK-2500-03 gives helicopter fundamentally new capabilities when operating in high altitude and hot climate areas. Aircraft engines VK-2500-03 for Mi-171 provides more power in emergency flight mode, which in turn increases flights safety on a single working engine.

emergency flight mode, which, in turn, increases flights safety on a single working engine.

"Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant" is one of the production enterprises of Russian Helicopters Holding Company. The modern production and technological potential of the plant enables quick organization of manufacturing new rotorcraft types and combination of prototype creation with serial equipment production. During eighty years of its existence, the plant built over 8500 rotorcraft. Today, the plant specializes in production of Mi-8AMT (Mi-171E), Mi-171 and Mi-8AMTSh (Mi-171Sh) helicopters.


"Russian Helicopters" Holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) is one of the world leaders in the helicopter industry, the only Russian helicopter designer and manufacturer. Holding were established in 2007. Its headquarters are in Moscow. The holding company includes five helicopter plants, two design bureaus, factories for components production, aircraft repair plants, and a service company providing after-sales support in Russia and abroad. The Russian Ministry of Defense, the Russian Interior Ministry, the Russian Emergency Ministry, other government agencies, ''Gazprom Avia'' and UTair airlines, large Russian and foreign companies are buyers of holding's products.


Rostec State Corporation is one of the largest industrial companies in Russia. It unites more than 800 scientific and production enterprises in 60 country regions. Key areas of holding's activities are aviation engineering, radio electronics, medical technologies, innovative materials, etc. The corporation's portfolio includes such well-known brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, UAC, Russian Helicopters, Uralvagonzavod, Shvabe, Concern Kalashnikov, etc. Rostec is actively involved in all 12 national projects implementation. The company is a key contributor to Smart City technologies, state administration digitalization, industry, social sectors, 5G wireless technology developing plans, the industrial Internet, big data, and blockchain systems. Rostec acts as a partner of the world's leading manufacturers, such as Boeing, Airbus, Daimler, Pirelli, Renault, etc. The corporation's products are shipped to more than 100 countries around the world. Almost one-third of the company's revenue is generated by high-tech products export.