Russia has handed over to India the final batch of three Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters under a previously signed contract even as it gets ready to ink yet another deal for another 48 such choppers.
The Mi-17V-5 helicopters supplied to India are some of the best technically equipped helicopters of the Mi-8/17 series .Every Indian Mi-17V-5 helicopter is fitted with a KNEI-8 avionics suite, the company said in a statement Tuesday.In December last year, Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostec and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had agreed production of at least 200 Russian light multipurpose helicopter Ka-226T in India
“India is one of the key markets for ‘Russian Helicopters’ and the largest operator of Russian helicopters in southeast Asia. Today, more than 400 vehicles are operating in the country,” General Director of the holding company Russian Helicopters Alexander Mikheyev said.
India will continue usingMi-17 V-5 helicopters for VVIP travel for the needs of the air force, Home Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office.In 2012-2013, three additional supplies had been signed to supply a total of 71 Mi-17V-5 helicopters
Mi-17V-5, supplied to India, are among the most technically advanced helicopters of the Mi-8/17 type. Each Indian Mi-17V-5 has a complex navigation and electronic display KNEI-8
It also significantly simplifies pre-flight check of the helicopter with information from all sensors of conjugate systems on a single monitor screen, a statement by Rostec State Corporation said
In addition, the provided helicopters are equipped with modern powerful engines, which significantly extends the capabilities for the transport of heavy and bulky loads, especially in the Indian highlands and mountains
The Indian Air Force plans to order another 48 Mi-17V-5.The new helicopters would be used for operations in various areas, in the desert and the mountains.