RUSSIAN HELICOPTERS DELIVERS ADDITIONAL MI-171ES TO CHINA
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters has handed over an additional batch of Mil Mi-17E multi-role military transport helicopters under contract to Poly Technologies. Comprising four helicopters, the latest consignment brings the total number of helicopters delivered till date to by the company to 32. Around 55 Mi-171E multi-purpose helicopters were ordered by Poly Technologies as part of a $660-million contract signed with Russian state-arm-exporter Rosoboronexport in July 2012, to help enhance the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) tactical airlift capabilities. Manufactured by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the Mi-171E is an advanced variant of the Mi-17 medium twin-turbine helicopter, and is specially modified to deliver a high-class performance in mountainous terrain.