The global appetite for heavy-lift helicopters is boosting the prospects for Russia’s commercial rotorcraft industry and providing energy to several new projects. Russia built 183 helicopters last year, 15 more than in 2008, and another jump in output to 214 units is expected this year. The Mil Mi-8/Mi-171 family of medium-utility helicopters constituted the bulk of deliveries. To sustain the product line, Mil is working on an upgrade called the Mi-171M (or Mi-171A2 after ...

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