Rus­sian He­li­copters de­liver con­sign­ment of Mi-17b-5s to In­dia

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Rus­sian He­li­copters, part of state de­fence hold­ing Oboron­prom and a lead­ing global de­signer and man­u­fac­turer of he­li­copters, has de­liv­ered an­other con­sign­ment of Mi-17B-5 he­li­copters to In­dia as part of a con­tract signed by Rosoboronex­port and In­dia’s Min­istry of De­fence in 2008.

The he­li­copters were built by Kazan Heli­copter Plant, a Rus­sian He­li­copters com­pany. The fi­nal de­liv­ery un­der the con­tract is sched­uled for 2013. The Mi-8/17 se­ries of he­li­copters is one of the sym­bols of Rus­sia’s avi­a­tion in­dus­try. The lat­est models com­bine ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies with the years of op­er­a­tional ex­pe­ri­ence ac­cu­mu­lated by their pre­de­ces­sors. Th­ese ad­vanced he­li­copters, the best in their class, are equipped with the lat­est nav­i­ga­tional and on-board sys­tems, and main­tain the high lev­els of re­li­a­bil­ity, sim­plic­ity and ease of op­er­a­tion that gen­er­a­tions of op­er­a­tors have come to ex­pect. They can fly a wide range of mis­sions in con­di­tions rang­ing from trop­i­cal and mar­itime cli­mates to high al­ti­tude and desert en­vi­ron­ments.

The Mi-17B-5 has been built to the re­quire­ments of the In­dian Min­istry of De­fence. It is one of the most ad­vanced he­li­copters on the global mar­ket­place, as well as in the In­dian armed forces.

The he­li­copters are equipped with new VK-2500 en­gines that have an elec­tronic con­trol sys­tem and de­liver en­hanced power per­for­mance, which is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant in hot cli­mates and at high al­ti­tudes. Should one en­gine fail, the re­serve power pro­vided by the sec­ond en­gine en­sures safe op­er­a­tion through to land­ing. The on-board sys­tems al­low the heli­copter to op­er­ate day and night in all-weather con­di­tions. A new nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem has been devel­oped for this ver­sion of the Mi-17B-5 that shows all of the pi­lot­ing and nav­i­ga­tion in­for­ma­tion on four mul­ti­func­tional dis­play screens, sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the crew’s work­load.

The medium multi-role Mi-17 is the ex­port ver­sion of the Mi-8. Their ver­sa­til­ity and high per­for­mance have made th­ese he­li­copters some of the most pop­u­lar Rus­sia-built he­li­copters around the world. More than 12,000 Mi-8/17s are in op­er­a­tion in about 110 coun­tries. Rus­sian He­li­copters builds ad­vanced ver­sions of the Mi-8/17 at Kazan Heli­copter Plant and Ulan-Ude Avi­a­tion Plant.

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