The first batch of Mil Mi-17-V5 transport helicopters have been delivered to the Indian air force as part of an 80-aircraft order signed in December 2008.

Manufactured by Kazan Helicopters, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, the medium twin aircraft are equipped with a KNEI-8 avionics suite.

Indian Mil Mi-17-V5 

 © Russian Helicopters

The Klimov VK2500-powered aircraft have strengthened gearboxes to enable high-altitude operations, addressing a key requirement that emerged following performance inadequacies with India's current Mi-17s.

India's air force already has an active fleet of more than 110 Mi-8/17s, as listed in Flightglobal's HeliCAS database.

Source: Flight International