Equatorial Guinea as part of an ongoing rehabilitation efforts has received two new Mil Mi-17 Mi-172 transport helicopters from Russia.
One of the helicopters has been delivered in a VIP configuration with the other being in a standard passenger configuration.
The Equatorial Guinea Mi-172 also commonly known as “Hip” helicopters has been certified specifically for the VIP transportation for up to twelve (12) passengers as against the standard aircraft for 26 passengers.
Equatorial Guinea is a long-time partner of Russian Helicopters, according the CEO of the Russian Helicopters holding company, Andrey Boginsky. In 2006, we also delivered two Mi-172 helicopters in VIP and passenger modifications to the country he added and took pride that Russian helicopters being popular in Africa due to their advantages: reliability, easy operation, good price/quality ratio. Therefore, I am sure that this contract will not be the last one.”
Specific features of the Mi-172 include the large power reserve of the power unit, excellent altitude characteristics, a spacious cockpit, various options of avionics, and autonomous preparation for flights and maintenance.