[HD video below] Russian Helicopters completed its South Asian
Heli Tour with a last stop at the Sepang F1 Circuit in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday.

The demonstration tour, which
comprised of two civilian helicopters – an Ansat and a Mi-171A2,
gave potential buyers, VIPs and select media, an opportunity to
learn more about the aircraft, see them perform demo flights, and
hear about Russian Helicopters’ comprehensive after-sales
service program.

The helicopters have covered almost 5,000
kilometers on the tour which visited China, Vietnam, Cambodia,
Thailand and concluded in Malaysia on Monday. In total, more than
a thousand guests from state and commercial helicopter operators
attended the introductory events hosted in each country.


Russian Helicopters completed its South Asian Heli Tour with a last stop at the Sepang F1 Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday. The demonstration tour, which comprised of two civilian helicopters - an Ansat and a Mi-171A2, gave potential buyers, VIPs and select media, an opportunity to learn more about the aircraft and see them perform demo flights. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov,
said, “The applications received over the
month of our demo tour to supply of over 70 Russian helicopters
worth more than half a billion dollars to the countries of the
Asia-Pacific region over the next three years are vivid evidence
of the competitiveness and relevance of Russian civilian
helicopter technology abroad, a logical result of comprehensive
government measures to support Russian civil export to world
markets.”

 “These are both hard and soft contracts. For
example, in China, a contract was signed for 20 Ansat helicopters
for the Association of Disaster Medicine of China. The remaining
50 helicopters are planned for delivery to Vietnam, Cambodia,
Thailand and Malaysia,” explained Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky.

According to
Boginsky, demand for civilian helicopters in Southeast Asian
countries may amount to 420 helicopters in the next ten years. “We
are counting on a substantial share of this market, and the
results of the demo tour suggest that we have every reason for
this,” he said.

Anatoly Serdyukov,
Rostec’s Aviation Cluster Industrial Director, said, “Southeast Asia is one of the world’s
fastest growing industrial and financial regions. The demand for
civilian helicopters in the countries of the region could amount
to 420 helicopters over the next decade. It is
strategically important for Rostec to strengthen its positions
here in the helicopter industry. The agreements and arrangements
reached in the framework of the demo-tour are the best
confirmation of the potential of our machines.”

Russian Helicopters South Asian Heli Tour
– Press Conference

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