Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Rostec State Corporation has announced the delivery of two Ansat and five Mi-8AMT helicopters to the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK). The helicopters will be used for medical purposes, with the two Ansat helicopters being based in the Moscow region, in the Helipark Podushkino, whilst the Mi-8AMT will soon be sent to the Novosibirsk and Tyumen regions.
“Given our vast geography and a large number of remote areas, the availability of air ambulance services in the Russian Federation is a necessity,” said the General Director of Russian Helicopters, Andrei Boginsky.
Russian Helicopters say that medical aviation units carried out more than 6,000 flights in 2017, with a total of 8,000 patients transported. It added that the new helicopters will help to develop these services across the country.
“I hope that shipments of helicopters equipped with modern medical equipment will be continued and in the next year,” Boginsky added.
The helicopters are part of a contract between Russian Helicopters and GTLK, which will see a father eight Ansat, six Mi-8AMT and two Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters delivered ‘in the coming months’. By the end of 2018, Russian Helicopters said that it will have delivered 31 helicopters in total.
“Of the 31 helicopters contracted for 2018, we have signed leasing contracts for 22 aircraft by the current moment, and the remaining helicopters have already been distributed among the operators, which means that the programme is of tremendous interest and can be prolonged in 2019,” said the General Director of GTLK, Sergey Khramagin.