New Delhi. Rostec State Corporation has handed over to the Indian side the final batch of three helicopters under the previously signed contract. The contract was with “Rosoboron export”, a company of Rostec State Corporation for India to receive in total 151 units of the military transport Mi-17V-5, produced by the Kazan Helicopter Plant, part of “Russian Helicopters”.
India is one of the key markets for “Russian Helicopters” and the largest operator of Russian helicopters in Southeast Asia. Today, more than 400 vehicles are operating in the country, which have proven themselves well, said General Director of the holding company “Russian Helicopters” Alexander Mikheyev. We produce high-tech multi-purpose helicopters, reliable and capable of resolving complex challenges anywhere in the world. ”
Mi-17V-5, supplied to India, are among the most technically advanced helicopters of the Mi-8/17 type, incorporated the best engineering solutions of previous generations. Each Indian Mi-17V-5 has a complex navigation and electronic display KNEI-8. In this complex the numerous indicators of various information systems of the helicopter are replaced with four multi-function displays, the presence of which unloads dashboards and greatly facilitates the work of the crew. The complex also significantly simplifies pre-flight check of the helicopter with information from all sensors of conjugate systems on a single monitor screen.
In addition, the provided helicopters are equipped with modern powerful engines, which significantly extends the capabilities for the transport of heavy and bulky loads, especially in the characteristical Indian highlands and mountains.
In addition, the Indian Air Force plans to order another 48 Mi-17V-5. The new helicopters would be used for operations in various areas, in the desert and in the mountains.
In December 2015, Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostec and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed on the organisation of production of at least 200 Russian light multipurpose helicopter Ka-226T in India. The involved parties (Rostec and HAL) have launched the project in January 2016. The agreement also provides for the maintenance, operation and repair of helicopters and provision of technical support.
India is one of the largest operators of Russian equipment. In the entire history of cooperation enterprises that are currently united into the Russian Helicopters holding company have delivered to India 110 units of the Mi-4, 128 units of the Mi-8 and about 160 units of the Mi-17. In 2008 Rosoboronexport signed a contract for the delivery of 80 Mi-17V-5 to India, which was completed in 2011-2013. In 2012-2013 three additional supplies have been signed to supply a total of 71 Mi-17V-5 for the needs of the Air Force, the Home Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) of India.
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