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.

"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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