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Indian Air Force to acquire 48 additional Russian-made Mi-17-V5 multirole helicopters

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World Defense & Security News - India
 
 
 
Indian Air Force to acquire 48 additional Russian-made Mi-17-V5 multirole helicopters
 
According to the Indian media Economic Times, the Indian Air Force has moved a proposal to spend $1.1bn to acquire more Mi-17-V5 medium-lift multirole choppers from Russia in a move that would go against the grain of the 'Make in India' concept but offer a vital addition to its transport fleet. Hundreds of Mi-17 helicopters are already in service with the IAF.
     
According to the Indian media Economic Times, the Indian Air Force has moved a proposal to spend $1.1bn to acquire more Mi-17-V5 medium-lift multirole choppers from Russia in a move that would go against the grain of the 'Make in India' concept but offer a vital addition to its transport fleet. Hundreds of Mi-17 helicopters are already in service with the IAF. Indian Air Force Mi-17-V5 multirole helicopter
     
The hardy Mi-17 V5 will continue to rule the Indian skies as 48 of the choppers are likely to be procured under a repeat order. The new choppers, which will serve in terrains ranging from the desert to high-altitude locations along the China and Pakistan border, will be added to the IAF fleet of 139 Mi 17 V5s that form the backbone of the IAF transport operations.

Sources said the Air Force recently moved the plan that includes maintenance facilities for the choppers as well as an offset obligation of 30%. The operationally proven choppers are much-needed replacements for the older Mi 8 transporters that have reached the end of their service life.

At least six of the new choppers being ordered are replacements for machines that were diverted to the Air HQ Communications Squadron last year for flying the President, Prime Minister and visiting dignitaries.

Transport capabilities of the IAF are already ensured by a fleet of almost 222 Mi-17 "Hip" and 3 Mi-26 "Halo" heavy-lift transport helicopters.

The Mi-17-V5 is powered by two Klimov TV3-117VM turboshaft engines and equipped with a loading ramp instead of the clam-shell doors, an additional door and a new "dolphin nose". 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.

(Source: The Economic Times)