Russia, Iran Sign Deal on Mi-17 Helicopter Service Center Upgrade

A Mi-17 V-5 helicopter is demonstrated at the testing facility of the OAO Kazan Helicopter Plant, part of the Helicopters of Russia, a Russian helicopter building holding.


The Russian Helicopters Company has signed contracts with the Iranian Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (PANHA) on upgrading its maintenance and overhaul facility for Mi-17 helicopters, the Russian company’s deputy head said Wednesday.

DUBAI/ Two contracts have been reached to “in compliance with the memorandum signed in October 2015 with the PANHA factory on its retrofitting,” Alexander Shcherbinin told RIA Novosti at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates.According to Shcherbinin, the first contract stipulates “general conditions of providing technical assistance in retrofitting the center for maintenance and overhaul of Mi-17 series of helicopters.”

The second contract envisages general conditions for spare part supplies and instructions on Mi-17s maintenance and overhaul, Shcherbinin said.

The Mil Mi-17 is among the world’s most popular Russian-made transport helicopters due to its advanced flight capabilities, high level of reliability and adaptability, ability to operate in a wide range of climatic conditions and ease of operation and maintenance.



Peru receives additional Mi-17 helos from Russia

Russian Military Technologies's photo.

Peru has begun receiving the third batch of Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ transport and assault helicopters that it ordered in late 2013, Russian Helicopters announced on 30 July.
Three Mi-171SH-variant helicopters were handed over ahead of Peru’s Independence Day celebrations on 29 July, joining the eight that were delivered in late 2014.
Russian Helicopters is set to deliver 20 Mi-171SH platforms in all, under a deal signed in December 2013 was part of a wider procurement process to enable the Peruvian military to build up its rotary-winged capabilities to better combat the Shining Path insurgency. All 24 should be with the Armed Forces’ Army Aviation by 2016.
In July 2014 Peru announced it was to buy another eight Mi-171Sh helicopters to be fielded by both the army and the air force. When deliveries are complete (no timeline for the final batch of eight helicopters has been released), the Peruvian armed forces will field 38 Mi-171Sh-variant helicopters.
Designated Mi-8AMTSh by the Russian military, the Mi-171Sh (international designation) is fitted with more powerful engines, additional fuel tanks, ballistic armour, a night-vision goggle compatible cockpit, modern navigation equipment, the option for a nose-mounted thimble radome, and a chin-mounted electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) turret. According to Russian Helicopters, the Peruvian machines are night-vision goggle-compatible, and are equipped with a searchlight for night-time operations.

Indian Air Force Eyes 48 Additional Mi-17 Helicopters From Russia

Indian Mi-17 helicopter

The Indian Air Force reportedly proposed to acquire 48 additional military transport helicopters from Russia.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Indian Air Force (IAF) proposed to acquire 48 additional military transport helicopters from Russia for $1.1 billion, local media reported Monday.

The Economic Times cited sources as saying the plan to acquire Russia’s export-designated Mil Mi-17V-5 (NATO reporting name “Hip”) was due to replace the air force’s older fleet of Mi-8 transporters.

The outlet added that the 48 additional aircraft – proven to be efficient in India’s difficult climate and terrain conditions – will breach the country’s “Make in India” concept, but form a backbone of the IAF’s existing fleet of Mi-17V-5s.Earlier this month, the deputy head of Russian Helicopters design and manufacturing company said it was prepared to deliver up to 250 of the light utility helicopters a year.

India is Russia’s biggest customer in weapons and equipment purchases, including helicopters.

Some 121 of Russia’s Mi-17V-5 have been supplied to India in the past five years, with a total of 300 Mi-8 and Mi-17 currently in service with the IAF.

The Mi-17V-5 is the newest in Russia’s Mi-8/17 helicopter family. Designed for personnel transportation, the vehicle can be equipped with weapons used in search and rescue operations.

During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India in December 2014, the countries agreed in principle to assemble 400 Mi-17 and Kamov-226T transport helicopters annually in India.


Russian arms exporter reaches several agreements with Turkey at IDEF-2015 arms fair

Russian officials previously said that the Turkish side was interested in Russia’s antiaircraft defence systems, including the Antey-2500

Antey-2500 surface-to-air missile system

Antey-2500 surface-to-air missile system

ISTANBUL, May 7. /TASS/. Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport has reached a number of agreements with the Turkish colleagues at the International Defense Industry Fair IDEF-2015 in Turkey. The work on the agreements will be started in May, the company’s delegation head Anatoly Aksyonov told journalists on Thursday.

According to him, the Russian special exporter has already found “many partners in the Turkish industry that have already pooled efforts in certain spheres of work.”

“I think that after the holidays we will start the work on the agreements we have reached with the Turkish colleagues,” Aksyonov said.

He declined to specify the projects, only saying that they are both in the sphere of ground equipment and the Air Force and Navy.

Russian officials previously said that the Turkish side was interested in Russia’s antiaircraft defence systems, including the Antey-2500.

JSC Rosoboronexport is the sole state intermediary agency for Russia’s exports/imports of defence-related and dual use products, technologies and services. The corporation was set up by a decree of the President of Russia and is charged with implementation of the policy of the state in the field of military-technical cooperation between Russia and foreign countries. The official status of Rosoboronexport guarantees the Russian government’s support in all export operations.

Russia has been taking part in IDEF since 1995. More than 50 delegations from 17 countries visited Rosoboronexport’s stand in 2013, suggesting keen interest in Russian arms in the region.

The Russian-Turkish military-technical cooperation dates back to March 16, 1921 when the Treaty of Friendship and Brotherhood was signed between Soviet Russia and Turkey. Upon its conclusion, Russia began providing financial and military-technical aid to the Turkish government. Turkey’s accession to NATO did not become an obstacle to further development of ties with Russia. As a result, Russian BTR-80 APCs, Mi-17 helicopters, anti-tank missile systems, and a variety of small arms are in service with the Turkish Armed Forces.

Russia and Belarus agreed to sign a contract for delivery of 12 Mi-17 helicopters


Russia and Belarus agreed to sign a contract for delivery of 12 civil Mi-17 helicopters, Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov told journalists answering the question about results of the work of Russian delegation at IDEX-2015 show held in Abu-Dhabi (UAE), RIA Novosti reports.

“As for this show, we and Belarusian party have agreed to sign a contract for delivery of 12 Mi-17 helicopters,” he said.

Mi-17 is a medium multi-role helicopter, export version of Mi-8. Its flexibility and great aircraft performance made Mi-17 one of the most popular Russian helicopters in the world.

IDEX-2015 international defense exhibition and conference is held in Abu Dhabi (UAE); over 1000 companies from 52 countries are taking part in the show. Russian defense products (737 items, 100 of them are weapons and combat vehicles) are showcased by 21 companies, including nine subjects of military-technical cooperation: Rosoboronexport, Research and Production Corporation Uralvagonzavod, PVO Almaz-Antey Concern, KBP, NPO SPLAV, NPO Bazalt, etc. The show closed on February 26th 2015.

Russia’s 2014 Arms, Military Equipment Supplies to India Amount to $4.7 Bn

Indian Mi-17 helicopter

Deputy director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said that Russia fulfilled $4.7 billion-worth of contract obligations on the supply of arms and military equipment to India in 2014.

BANGALORE, February 18 (Sputnik) – Russia fulfilled $4.7 billion-worth of contract obligations on the supply of arms and military equipment to India in 2014, deputy director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Anatoly Punchuk has told RIA Novosti.

“Russia supplied India with arms and military equipment worth $4.7 billion in the course of 2014,” Punchuk said on Wednesday, at the opening of the 10th edition of Aero India 2015 defence and civil aviation expo.

The expo is being held on February 18-22 in Bangalore, India.


Russia remains India’s largest supplier of military equipment. The current program of military-technical cooperation between the two countries includes the implementation of 200 joint projects.According to Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin, a total of 80 percent of the Indian Navy and 70 percent of its Air Force are supplied with Russian equipment.

Deputy head of Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport Sergei Goreslavsky told RIA Novosti Tuesday that Russia will finalize the delivery of 71 Mi-17V-5 (Hip) transport helicopters to India by the end of 2015. Goreslavsky also said that Russia is ready to supply India with Kamov Ka-31 (Helix) helicopters to be used on the Vikrant-class aircraft carriers.

According to the Rosoboronexport deputy head, Russia and India will be working on the construction of the first test models of a fifth-generation T-50 fighter jet with stealth capabilities this year and Russia is also ready to supply India with additional deliveries of Su-30MKI (Flanker-H) long-range fighter jets to replace the French Rafales that New Delhi has reportedly rejected.

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Russia, India Finalizing Helicopter Deal: Reports

Kazan Helicopter Plant

Russia and India are currently in talks to finalize a deal for the production of Russian helicopters in India. The helicopters will be used to cater to the requirements of the Indian armed forces and only after that will exports happen, according to the statement of unnamed officials from the Russian embassy.


MOSCOW, December 22 (Sputnik) — Russia and India are currently in talks to finalize a deal for the production of Russian helicopters in India with the possibility of exporting them to third party countries, The Hindu reported Monday, citing unnamed officials from the Russian embassy.Russian diplomats told The Hindu that “initially the helicopters will be used to cater to the requirements of the Indian armed forces and only after that will exports happen.”

The helicopter deal was agreed in principle at a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during Putin’s December visit to New Delhi. According to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who accompanied Putin on his visit, the agreement stipulates assembling 400 Russian Mi-17 and Kamov-226T helicopters per year.


Following his meeting with Putin, Modi said in an official statement that he was pleased “that Russia has offered to fully manufacture in India one of its most advanced helicopters” and that the final agreement on the matter will come up very soon.According to The Hindu, India’s Defense Ministry is currently looking into public and private sectors to choose a partner company from within India. The country’s defense giant Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is named among the companies being considered.

The Mi-17 is a popular Russia medium twin-turbine transport helicopter used in more than 60 countries. The Kamov-226T is a light multipurpose helicopter with the maximum take-off weight of 4,000 tons. The Ka-226T is intended for performing special tasks including cargo and passenger transportation to hard-to-reach mountainous areas as well as rescue and patrol operations.