Derivative of the Ansat as a medium helicopter with larger carrying capacity (two seats for flight crew and troop seats for 17 passengers). Optionally powered by 1282shp RD-600, 1479shp VK-1500, or 987shp VK-800 engines.
Cabin mockup was shown at the Moscow Salon in August 2003. Not yet known if it attracted any interest.
No, but the roles are generally similar. The original Ansat design was a competitor in a program to replace aging training/utility helicopters such as the Mi-1. Other competing designs were the Kamov Ka-226, Mi-34 (NATO: "Hermit"), and Swidnik SW-4.
jrbirdman wrote:I always thought that the Hermit was a dead program after the first few prototypes.
I always thought that the Hermit was a dead program after the first few prototypes.
Definitely not. Despite losing to the Ansat in the program it was intended for, it still attracted enough customer interest to be produced since 1993 with 10 specific types known, seeing service with Nigeria and the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina.