Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama on January 5, took part in the ceremony of transfer of the Air Force of the country 4 new troop-carrying helicopters E-171SH.
The president said that "buying Russian helicopters will allow the Armed Forces of Ghana perfectly solve puzzles to ensure the security of the country and participate in peacekeeping operations."
As reported by "Jane's Defence Weekly", set Mi-171SH is armor-plated and can be equipped different weapons systems.
Ghana's president, also took part in the opening ceremony of a new technical center for maintenance of helicopters at the air base, "Accra".
D.Mahama noted that the delivery of new helicopters will allow the Air Force Ghanaian maintain flight and engineering structures and significantly reduce the outflow of pilots in private airlines.
First 4 helicopters E-17V5 Defense Ghanaian commissioned in 2004. The delivery was implemented in December 2005.
For the first time information about the intention of Ghana Air Force to buy more Mi-171SH appeared in November 2011. Then the government has submitted for approval to the Parliament a draft purchase 4 cars at the cost of 64,366,000 Euros. The acquisition of another 2-machines were approved in July 2012 year.
In September 2012 the Deputy General Director of "Rosoboronexport" Alexander Mikheyev confirmed that in 2012, "Rosoboronexport" has signed a contract for the supply of Ghana, 6 Mi-17 helicopters, which will be delivered during the year in batches of two cars.
As part of the rehabilitation of public programs from the Air Force in November 2011 and April 2012, Ghana was also delivered two military transport aircraft C-295. In October 2012 by the Air Force of the country has adopted three aircraft DA42 «Diamond" (two intelligence and one training).