The 3,500th Mi-17 de­liv­ered to In­dia by Rosoboronex­port and Rus­sian He­li­copters

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Rus­sian He­li­copters, a sub­sidiary of Oboron­prom, part of State Cor­po­ra­tion Rostec, has built the 3,500th ex­port ver­sion of the Mi-17 at Kazan He­li­copters. The he­li­copter will be de­liv­ered to the In­dian armed forces as part of a con­tract signed by Rosoboronex­port in 2012.

A con­tract for 80 mil­i­tary trans­port Mi-17V-5 he­li­copters was signed by Rosoboronex­port in 2008, and all obli­ga­tions have been met by the Rus­sian side. In 2012-13, In­dia or­dered a fur­ther 71 he­li­copters, which are cur­rently be­ing built by Rus­sian He­li­copters to the agreed sched­ule.

“South and South East Asia are a core re­gion for pro­mot­ing Rus­sian man­u­fac­tur­ing. Our he­li­copters are well-known here and de­mand has re­mained con­stant,” Rus­sian He­li­copters CEO Alexan­der Mikheev said. “To­day more than 250 he­li­copters built at our fa­cil­i­ties are op­er­a­tional in In­dia. They are used for flight train­ing, per­son­nel-car­ry­ing, search-and-res­cue and mede­vac mis­sions, and pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance in emer­gen­cies. Thanks to their unique abil­i­ties they can op­er­ate in even the most ad­verse weather con­di­tions, and com­plete their mis­sions with distinc­tion.”

In sum­mer 2013 Rus­sian-built mil­i­tary trans­port he­li­copters were in­volved in evac­u­at­ing people af­ter tor­ren­tial rains caused se­vere flood­ing in Ut­tarak­hand. In Fe­bru­ary this year Mi-17V-5 he­li­copters evac­u­ated about 200 res­i­dents of vil­lages in the north­ern state of Jammu and Kash­mir in the Hi­malayas af­ter they be­came cut off from the rest of the re­gion fol­low­ing cold weather and heavy snow­fall.

The Mi-17V-5s be­ing de­liv­ered to In­dia are part of the leg­endary Mi-8/17 se­ries, and are built on the con­struc­tion so­lu­tions of pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions of the se­ries. All of the he­li­copters are fit­ted with a KNEI-8 avion­ics suite and a new PKV-8 au­topi­lot, which helps re­duce pi­lot work­load and pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive in­for­ma­tion to en­able pi­lots to com­plete com­plex mis­sions.

In ad­di­tion, the he­li­copters be­ing sup­plied to In­dia are fit­ted with mod­ern pow­er­ful en­gines, sig­nif­i­cantly ex­pand­ing their ca­pa­bil­i­ties for trans­port­ing heavy and bulky loads, par­tic­u­larly in the high moun­tain ter­rain char­ac­ter­is­tic of north­ern In­dia.

Soviet- and Rus­sian-built he­li­copters have op­er­ated suc­cess­fully in In­dia for more than half a century. The first Mi-4s were de­liv­ered in Jan­uary 1961; in the decades since, Mi-26s, Mi-24/35s, Mi-8/17s have all been sup­plied to In­dia.

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