India has decided to buy an additional 59 helicopters from Russia

Indian Air Force intend to buy another 59 Mi-17V5, in addition to the already booked and started to arrive in the country 80 machines of this type, Times of India reported, citing a source in the Defense Ministry of the country.

The contract for the delivery of 80 Mi-17V5 in the amount of 1.354 billion U.S. dollars was signed by Rosoboronexport and India’s Ministry of Defence in 2008.
According to officials of the Indian Air Force, by March of next year in the fighting ranks will be 26 Mi-17V5, and by the end of 2013 — beginning of 2014 the delivery must be completed.

The first batch of Mi-17V5 in the framework of this contract have already arrived from Russia to the Indian Air Force airbase in the northwestern state of Punjab on September 29.

As reported in the Indian Defense Ministry, "a complete build, grinding and inspection will carry Russian experts accompanying the goods, we expect that in the middle of October, this technique will be put into service."

Indian armed forces have long used the Mi-17. This helicopter is the foundation of the Indian Air Force in the states of Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh in the harsh mountain terrain in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Previous deliveries of the basic version of the Mi-17 were produced in India in 2000-2004. Now come on arms modified machine that will be used for the Special Mission: transport of troops and equipment, search and rescue, evacuation of disaster areas and emergency work.

As the command of the Indian Air Force base for the deployment of new machines has been chosen taking into account the neighboring regions: China and Pakistan.

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