Russian Helicopters announced on 31 October that it had begun 'hot climate' trials in Pakistan of its Ansat lightweight multirole helicopter.
The Moscow-based helicopter manufacturer, which is part of Russian state holding company Rostec, said in a statement that the trials aim to confirm the possibility of operating the platform in “high air temperatures”.
“At the moment the helicopter has already started test flights,” said the company, pointing out that it plans to expand the platform’s operating parameters to +50° Celsius, meaning that the twin-engine Ansat would be able to operate in temperatures ranging between -45° and +50° Celsius.
A conference is set to take place in Islamabad following the trials, which are set to be completed by mid-November, to enable potential Pakistani customers of the helicopter to view its “competitive advantages and the operational features”, according to the statement.
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