“As part of an earlier concluded contract 148 out of 151 Mi-17V-5 helicopters have been delivered to India during 2012-2015. We intend to deliver the remaining three by the end of the year. So, by the end of 2015 we intend to fulfill the contract”, announced the press service.
The Indians, according to RIA Novosti sources, are interested in purchasing new helicopters.
“We are ready to satisfy our client’s wishes”, commented the holding.
In 2008, Rosoboronexport signed a contract for the delivery of 80 Mi-17V-5 helicopters and associated equipment, which was fulfilled in 2011-2013. In 2012–2013, another three additional contracts were signed for the delivery of the Mi-17V-5 for the needs of the Indian air force, police, and the presidential secretariat, which made provision for the delivery of 71 aircraft.
The Mi-17 is a medium, multi-functional helicopter and the export version is the Mi-8 modification. Its universality and high flying and technical characteristics have made these aircraft one of the most popular Russian produced helicopters in the world. The Mi-17V-5 has been modified in accordance with requirements from the Indian customer.
The Mi-17V-5 has successfully proved itself in the Indian environment.
India is one of the largest importers of Russian helicopters and other technical equipment. In total, India has more than 300 Mi-8s and Mi-17s in service.
In July, an announcement was made that India had offered to purchase another 48 Mi-17 helicopters from Russia to the sum of $1.1 billion.