The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Srpska, an entity within Bosnia and Herzegovina, has taken delivery of an Ansat helicopter from Russian Helicopters. This is the second aircraft produced by the Kazan Helicopter Plant and delivered under a contract for three helicopters with the European customer.
In the Ansat, for the needs of the Republic of Srpska police, places have been prepared for the installation of searchlights, a parachute-free landing system, a winch and an external sling. The machine is equipped with a loudspeaker while the cabin has six seats for passengers. The helicopter is equipped with an active vibration damping system.
“The Ansat was delivered to the customer on time. This is the first production helicopter that is supposed to use a winch and external sling. The third helicopter under this contract will be delivered to the customer in 2022,” says MD of the Kazan Helicopter Plant Alexey Belykh.
Under the current contract, within the framework of the stage-by-stage training of flight and technical personnel, five representatives of the customer have trained at Kazan Helicopters' aviation training centre. The programme included a theoretical, simulator and practical educational programme. All cadets have successfully completed training and received the relevant documents.
The Ansat is a light twin-engine multipurpose helicopter, the serial production of which is deployed at the Kazan Helicopter Plant. According to its type certificate, the design of the helicopter allows it to be quickly transformed into both cargo and passenger versions with the ability to carry up to seven people. In May 2015, an addendum to the type certificate was received for the modification of the helicopter with a medical interior. The Ansat is certified for use in the temperature range from -45 to +50 degrees Celsius, as well as for operation in high mountains.
In August 2018, based on the results of certification work, Rosaviatsia, the Russian civill aviation authority, issued approval of the main change to increase the resources of a number of Ansat units and systems. In 2019, the Rosaviatsia certified an increase in the fuselage resource of the Ansat light helicopter to 16,000 hp. In February 2020, it certified the installation of an emergency splashdown system on the Ansat. Also, approval has been issued for a major change to increase the airworthiness limitations of a number of the main components of the helicopter, which makes the Ansat helicopter even more attractive for potential customers and increases its competitiveness in comparison with foreign helicopter technology.
In 2021, the Kazan Helicopter Plant received approval from Rosaviatsia for the installation of an onboard boom and a cargo mooring system on the Ansat helicopter. New options significantly expand the functionality of the machine.