Russian Helicopters holding company and Gazprom are finalizing the design of a new helicopter for operations in the Arctic shelf fields.

"On behalf of Dmitry Rogozin, who was then acting Chairman of the state Commission for the Arctic, a joint working group was created to develop an offshore helicopter, which included employees of PJSC Gazprom. We conducted a full audit of all the enterprises of the Russian Helicopters holding, and we realized that the company has the necessary potential to create the right machine. To date, Russian Helicopters, with the participation of specialists from the working group, is completing the project of the latest modification of the helicopter, which is called the Mi-171A3" Vladimir Dimitrov, Deputy head of Gazprom's Department said at the international Arctic summit "the Arctic and offshore projects: prospects, innovations and development".

According to him, the new helicopter will meet all the necessary safety requirements for offshore (over the sea) flights on the Arctic shelf. The helicopter will be able to transport teams of specialists, cargo, as well as carry out rescue operations over the sea.

At the international conference "Arctic-2016" discussed the current status of offshore projects.