Malaysia's air force has begun replacing the mechanical hoist on 10 of its ageing Sikorsky S-61 utility helicopters with a new electric system, amid the delayed delivery of 10 new Mil Mi-171 search-and-rescue aircraft from Russia's Ulan-Ude. Local maintenance and modification company Airod will install the new electric hoists over the next year, with Mi-171 deliveries now expected during 2005.

Source: Flight International