Russian Helicopters has delivered the first Ansat helicopter for the Russian ministry for emergencies (EMERCOM) at its North-Western Aviation and Rescue Center located on Kasimovo Airfield.
The Ansat was handed over to the customer in a universal version; the cabin has places for installing a medical module, and there are seven passenger seats. In the North-Western Aviation and Rescue Center of EMERCOM of Russia, Ansat will be used for transporting staff, cargo and equipment in the cabin or on an external sling, and to tackle special tasks.
Currently, the helicopter is in use for pilot training at the centre. During drills, pilots train to perform landing in various ways, piloting at low and extremely low altitudes, and master new flying techniques in various flight modes.
Yuri Pustovgarov, Managing Director of Kazan Helicopters said: “Ansat is supplied to EMERCOM of Russia for the first time, and we are convinced that the agency specialists will appreciate it. The use of Ansat helicopters for air medical services has shown that their light weight, manoeuverability and agility, as well as a high degree of readiness for take-off, allow addressing a wide variety of tasks, including those in an urban environment. Due to cooperation of Rostec holding companies, the rotorcraft is constantly being improved, and new capabilities are being added: certificates for the emergency floatation system, and for installation of a complex for transporting newborn babies have recently been received, and other modules for Ansat have been designed.” As part of a programme to develop air medical services, about 30 helicopters have been supplied to customers, and they are being used for transporting patients from hard-to-reach areas to medical facilities. Ansat helicopters save people in the Moscow Region, the Volgograd Region, the Kurgan Region, the Kirov Region, the Kostroma Region, the Tver Region, the Pskov Region, the Nizhny Novgorod Region, the Chelyabinsk Region, the Astrakhan Region and in the Republic of Tatarstan. The number of regions where the helicopters are being used is constantly increasing.
Text edited from Russian Helicopters press release.