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India to buy more Mi-17 military helicopters

India plans to buy another 59 Mi-17 military helicopters worth $1.9 billion from Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport, the head of India's air force said.

The purchase is in addition to the 80 Mi-17s ordered in 2008. The first Mi-17 aircraft will be delivered this year, Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik said in an extensive interview with India Strategic, an Internet defense news Web site.

The twin-turbine transport helicopter, made by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and the Kazan Helicopter Plant, and also can act as a gun ship for offensive operations. It was designed specifically for the old Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan.

More than 12,000 Mi-17s -- NATO code-name Hip -- have been built since it first flew in the 1970s. Around 60 countries operate the aircraft and the Thai army ordered six new Mi-17s last October, the first time it opted not to buy helicopters from the United States.

India's order for more Mi-17 helicopters is part of a continued defense procurement relationship with Russia and the previous Soviet Union, Naik said. At one time more than 70 percent of equipment with the Indian army, navy and air force were sourced from the Soviet Union.

Naik said that the prices of Soviet equipment were much lower. India, as well as Egypt, Syria and Iraq, benefited from the Soviet Union's lower "friendship pricing" policy.

Other recent Indo-Russian deals include the air force's request for 42 Su-30MKI fighters, which has been cleared by the defense ministry, "taking the total number of these air superiority combat jets order to a sizable 272."

The Indian air force also recently signed a contract with Rosoboronexport to upgrade its fleet of Soviet-vintage MiG-29 fighters and Il-76 airlifters -- bought in 1985 -- while the Indian navy has ordered 45 MiG-29K carrier-borne fighter jets.
 

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1.9bn divided by 59 is about $32 mil EACH?? is this right it seems alot for these sort of helos, could buy double no. of Blackhawks instead. or am i wrong r these helos as good as better than Blackhawks?? can sumone tell me will these helos be stat-of-the-art? will they have glass cockpits??

to check the price
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikorsky_UH-60_Black_Hawk
 

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India to receive 80 Mi-17V-5 helicopters from Russia​




NEW DELHI (BNS): Indian Air Force (IAF) will receive 80 Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters and spare parts and associated equipments from Russia by March 2011.

In 2008, Indian Foreign Ministry had signed a contract with Russia’s Rosoboronexport state arms exporter for the 80 Russian Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters.

According to Indian MoD release, the value of the contract is expected to exceed $1.345 billion.

"The Mi-17-V5 helicopters will be utilised for Special Heliborne Operations, air-maintenance, transportation of troops and equipment, search and rescue, casualty evacuation and in armed helicopter roles,” Defence Minister Shri AK Antony said in reply to a query in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

India to receive 80 Mi-17V-5 helicopters from Russia - Brahmand.com
 

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