The Ministry of Defence of India intends to purchase an additional batch of Russian Mi-17V-5, according to ITAR-TASS. A total of 71 planned to buy a car, 12 of which will be transferred to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of India. The source said the agency, which is close to the Indian Defense Ministry, preliminary talks have already been held, and the parties expect the continuation of the negotiation process.
Earlier it was reported that the Ministry of Defence of India plans to buy an additional batch of Mi-17V-5 of the 59 cars. The amount of this transaction was estimated at one billion dollars. At present, the Russian side has engaged in the execution of a contract with India for the delivery of 80 multi-role helicopters, 12 of which have been transferred to the customer in 2011. The cost of this agreement amounts to 1.345 billion dollars. February 17, 2012 the first Mi-17V-5 were formally incorporated into the Indian Air Force.
Mi-17V-5 is designed to transport cargo and troops. The armed version of the helicopter can be used for fire support of ground troops, troops during the landing or evacuation. According to Flightglobal MiliCAS, armed India are already 138 multi-role helicopters Mi-8/17.