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India close to signing $1 billion deal for supply of 80 Russian Mi-17 Hip-H helicopters news
11 August 2008

The Indian Air Force said last week that it would soon sign a contract with Russia to receive 80 Mi-17 Hip-H multi-role helicopters in a deal estimated at $1 billion. According to IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major details of the contract were close to finalisation.

A preliminary agreement to sell Mi-17 helicopters to India was reached in March 2007 at a meeting of the Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission on military cooperation.

The Mi-17 is a version of the Mi-8 airframe. The Mi-17 (Nato designation Hip H) is an improved version of the Mi-8, and is powered by two Klimov TV3-117MT turboshaft engines.

The helicopter has a takeoff weight of 13 metric tons and can carry up to 36 people or a payload of 4 metric tons within the cargo compartment, or 4.5 tons externally. The helicopters have been supplied to 80 countries.


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India close to signing $1 billion deal for supply of 80 Russian Mi-17 Hip-H helicopters