The Russian Helicopters holding company has announced the first delivery of Ansat helicopter for a European customer. This rotorcraft – being the first of total three contracted helicopters – is equipped for medical operations and would be operated by the Ministry of Interior of Republika Srpska.
Republika Srpska (not to be confused with the Republic of Serbia / Serb Republic) is a federal entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, covering north and east parts of the country.
The Ansat helicopter for Republika Srpska was delivered with an integrated medical module allowing to carry one patient and two persons of medical personnel. Its equipment configuration includes an active vibration control system, artificial lung ventilation, tele-ECG to monitor cardiac activity in a real time, stretcher, medical shelf and various other equipment for the evacuation of patients of varying severity. As an option, five seats can be mounted in the cabin, instead of the medical module, therefore allowing Ansat to carry up to 7 passengers.
´This delivery testifies that Ansat is competitive on the European market, and we see potential for further orders. I am confident that European operators will appreciate the favourable cost of operating this helicopter, its versatility and reliability,´ said the Director General of Russian Helicopters holding company Andrey Boginsky.
´Two more Ansats will be handed over to the law enforcement agencies of Republika Srpska in 2021 and 2022. They will be additionally equipped with searchlights, fast-rope deployment system, a winch and an external sling,´ he added.
The delivery contract of three helicopters to Republika Srpska also included the training of three technicians and two pilots in the Kazan Helicopters Aviation Training Centre. Its programme covers design and maintenance tutorial on the airframe, power plant and internal systems of Ansat rotorcraft – both theoretical and with the new Ansat simulator, as well as practical flight training for pilots. All cadets of the new customer successfully passed the exams and certified their qualifications.
The Aviation Training Centre will provide further multi-stage training of flight and technical personnel as more helicopters are delivered. During the next 2 years, 4 more pilots and 6 technicians will go to Kazan for courses.
Ansat is a light, multipurpose twin-engine helicopter manufactured at Kazan Helicopters plant. Its configuration allows to use the rotorcraft as a cargo or passenger aircraft, the latter being available to carry up to 7 persons.
The helicopter is also certified for being operated in high mountains and with the temperature range from -45°С to +50°С. In 2019, the Federal Air Transport Agency certified an increase of Ansat fuselage airworthness (up to 16,000 flying hours) and this year certifications for an emergency floatation system and isolation units for transporting patients with coronavirus disease were issued.
Photos courtesy of JSC “Russian Helicopters” / Rostec State Corporation. “Russian Helicopters” press materials were used.