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Russian Helicopters completes Mi-17V-5 deliveries to India

By Ryan Maass   |   Feb. 2, 2016 at 3:10 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Russian Helicopters, part of the Russian state-owned Rostec Corporation, has completed its deliveries of Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters to India.

India's order comprised 151 Mi-17V-5 helicopters, which were produced by JSC Kazan Helicopters, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters. Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev says India is one of the company's key markets for helicopters.

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"Today, this country uses more than 400 helicopters, which have proved themselves well," Mikheev said in a statement. "We produce high-tech multirole helicopters capable of solving the most difficult tasks anywhere in the world."

The Mi-17V-5 is the military transport variant of the Mi-8/17 family of helicopters. The aircraft is designed to transport troops, arms and supporting equipment through desert and mountainous terrains.

The aircraft delivered to the Indian Air Force feature a KNEI-8 avionics suite, which replaced previous systems indicators with the goal of reducing the pilot's workload while in flight. The suite also cuts pre-flight inspection time by displaying all systems data to the crew before takeoff.

The delivery comes as The Indian Air Force plans to order an additional 48 of the helicopters.

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