The Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) signed a contract for delivery of 20 Ansat helicopters for Chinese Association for Disaster & Emergency Rescue Medicine (CADERM) during Airshow China 2018. The rotorcrafts will be delivered to the customer in multi-purpose configuration.
The helicopters are to provide primary medical care and emergency medical evacuation of patients and can be used in difficult terrain and in remote areas with hindered transport accessibility. In addition, the medical module of Ansat provides for resuscitation, intensive care and monitoring of the main bodily functions of an injured person during transportation to a hospital.
“The fact that we sign the contract today means that Ansat helicopters fully come onto the international market. These helicopters have proved to be very effective during implementation of the air ambulance development program in Russia, and now they will also save lives in China. The production capacity of Kazan Helicopter Plant will provide for supply to both Russian and foreign customers. We plan to validate the Ansat certificate in China before the end of 2018 and to supply all machines under this contract in 2019 and 2020,” stated Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky.
«The signing of this agreement brings cooperation between China and Russia in the field of civil aviation to a new level. The acquisition of Ansat helicopters for the CADERM indicates the highest level of trust in our technology,” said Anatoly Serdyukov, industrial director of the Rostec Aviation Cluster.
In Russia Ansat medical helicopters are successfully used for providing air medical services. These helicopters save people in the Volgograd Region, the Kurgan Region, the Kirov Region, the Kostroma Region, the Pskov Region, the Nizhny Novgorod Region and in Tatarstan. Since 2017, as part of the federal project on ensuring timely provision of emergency medical care to citizens living in remote areas of the Russian Federation, 11 Ansat medical helicopters have been handed over to regional emergency services, and seven helicopters will be delivered before the end of the year.
Besides, in September 2018 Russian Helicopters, the National Air Ambulance Service (NSSA) and Avia Capital Services LLC signed a contract for supplying 104 medically equipped helicopters of this type.
Ansat is a light multipurpose twin-engine helicopter. Its serial production is deployed at Kazan Helicopter Plant. According to the helicopter certificate, its design allows converting it into a cargo version or into a passenger rotorcraft that can lift up to seven people.
In May 2015, the modification of the helicopter with a medical module was certified. Ansat is certified for use in the temperatures ranging between -45°С and +50°С. High-altitude tests of Ansat have been successfully completed, which confirmed the possibility of its use in mountainous terrain at altitudes up to 3,500 meters.
In August 2018 the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) gave Kazan Helicopter Plant an approval for the main change in increasing the capacity of several assemblies and systems of Ansat based on the results of certification, which makes the helicopter more attractive for operators and potential customers.