Russian Helicopters to modernise Mi-17, Mi-171, Ka-27, Ka-28, and Ka-31 for China
09.09.2015 / Tianjin

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) will develop an aftersales service system for Mi-17, Mi-171, Ka-27, Ka-28, and Ka-31 helicopters operated in China. The helicopters will boast modernised engines, BREO avionics systems, the latest navigation systems, in addition to improved flight safety, and engineering repairs infrastructure, and a contract covering maintenance work on Russian components will be concluded.

During the international helicopter exhibition China Helicopter Exposition 2015, Russian Helicopters outlined its proposed after-sales service provision for Russian-made helicopters operating in China. It will encompass the repair, technical maintenance and modernisation of Mi-17, Mi-171 helicopters, 17 Ka-27/28 helicopters and 9 Ka-31 helicopters operated under the Chinese Navy.

“China is a key strategic partner: we are more than trading partners, we work together on promising projects. One involves creating a heavy helicopter,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said. “Building aftersales service systems for Russian-made helicopters operating in China will not only help improve their lifespan, but will also see them equipped with the very latest technological developments.”

The Mi-17 and Mi-171 helicopters will gain modernised engines, auxiliary power units, gears, equipment to enable a non-parachute landing, early warning systems that sense artificial obstacles, high voltage power lines, or the ground, in addition to sat-nav systems.

The Ka-28 will gain the latest BREO avionics suite, pilot navigation and target acquisition complex, and the latest flight information registration system.

The international exhibition China Helicopter Exposition 2015 is held in Tianjin Port, China, from 9-13 September 2015.


Russian Helicopters, (part of State Corporation Rostec), is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. In 2014 its IFRS revenues increased 22,8% to RUB 169,8 billion. Deliveries reached 271 helicopters.


Rostec Corporation is a Russian corporation established in 2007 to support development, manufacturing, and exports of high tech defense and civilian products. It includes 663 companies. Today these companies are grouped in 9 defense and 6 civilian holdings. There are also 32 directly controlled companies. Such famous brands as AutoVAZ, KAMAZ, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO-AVISMA and others are on Rostec’s portfolio. Rostec companies are present in 60 constituencies of the Russian Federation, and export products to over 70 countries. In 2014 Rostec’s revenue amounted to 964,5 bln. rubles. Its tax liabilities exceeded 147,8 bln. rubles.
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