The Ministry of Defense of Peru has completed the acceptance of the last three Russian military-transport helicopter Mi-171SH purchased under the agreement with the "Rosoboronexport" on July 23, 2010.
Total contract was for the supply of eight Russian helicopters — six Mi-171SH and two military transport Mi-35P. Mi-35P Peruvian air force received in April 2011, and the first three Mi-171SH — in May. The total cost of the agreement is estimated at 107.9 million dollars.
Also, the contract provides for the supply of equipment to Peru to serve Mi-171SH and training of Peruvian pilots Russian specialists.
Defense Ministry plans to use helicopters to combat drug trafficking and extremists of the group "Shining Path» (Sendero Luminoso) in the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers.
Military transport helicopter Mi-171 has a maximum speed of up to 250 kilometers per hour and can carry up to 24 people at a distance of 590 kilometers. The Mi-171 are widely used in military operations around the world and are known for their reliability, ease of maintenance at a relatively low price. Version of the Mi-171SH is in service with a number of NATO countries.
Currently, the Ministry of Defense of Peru holds the Air Force fleet modernization program, which consists mainly of Soviet-made cars. A total of 70 helicopters scheduled update, 21 fighters, 50 bombers and attack aircraft.