Rostec to supply seven Ansat helicopters to the Far North

Moscow / August 29, 2019 

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) and Polar Airlines concluded a contract for supplying seven modernized Ansat helicopters starting from 2021. The helicopters will be adapted for operation in the Far North conditions. 

Rostec to supply seven Ansat helicopters to the Far North

During the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2019 held in Zhukovsky, on August 29 the parties discussed the results of developing a new design of an aircraft and signed a contract for supplying helicopters.

Based on recommendations of Polar Airlines, Russian Helicopters developed the new design of the helicopter which provides for keeping a machine outside a hangar, a longer flight range, an ice protection system and the possibility of performing instrument flights.

Polar Airlines will be a launch customer and an operator of upgraded Ansat helicopters. In accordance with the contract all aircraft will be able to carry medical modules, and these modules will be installed on three of them when the machines are supplied.

The machines will carry passengers within districts, and will also be used for providing air medical services, saving people, patrolling, eliminating emergencies and firefighting.

In 2017 and 2018 Russian Helicopters Holding Company provided Polar Airlines with five Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters whose performance and efficiency have already been proven in the conditions of the Arctic. Russian Helicopters holding company also tested Ansat helicopters at low temperatures in Yakutia.

Acquisition of new aircraft is a strategic objective of Polar Airlines which is the leading regional airline in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The company carries passengers on planes and helicopters on local airlines and performs various types of aerial work.

The route network of Polar Airlines which operate in the largest subject of the Russian Federation with a low population density and harsh environment and climate covers the entire republic in 163 directions. The airline's own fleet comprises 64 aircraft, including 27 Mi-8/Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters, which is 42% of the company's active fleet.

JSC “Russian Helicopters”, a part of Rostec State Corporation, is a leading player in the global helicopter industry, the sole Russian designer and manufacturer of helicopters. The Holding Company was established in 2007 and is headquartered in Moscow. We operate five helicopter assembly plants, two design bureaus, component production and maintenance enterprises, aircraft repair plants and one helicopter service company providing after-sales support in Russia and abroad. The customers of the Holding Company are the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Home Affairs, EMERCOM of Russia, and other state customers, Gazpromavia, UTair Aviation company, large Russian and foreign companies.

State Corporation Rostec is one of the largest industrial companies in Russia. It unites more than 800 scientific and industrial organizations in 60 regions of the country. Its key areas of activity are transport engineering, electronics, medical technology, chemistry and innovative materials. Rostec holdings form three clusters: electronics, weapons and aviation. The corporation’s portfolio includes such well-known brands as AvtoVAZ, KAMAZ, Kalashnikov, Russian Helicopters, Uralvagonzavod and others. Rostec is active in the implementation of all 12 national projects. The company is a key provider of Smart City technology, it is engaged in the digitalization of public administration, industry and social sectors, and it is developing plans for the development of 5G wireless technologies, an Industrial Internet of Things, big data and blockchain systems. Rostec partners with leading world manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, Daimler, Pirelli and Renault. The corporation’s products are delivered to more than 100 countries worldwide. Almost a third of the company's revenue comes from the export of high-tech products.