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AERO INDIA: Russian Helicopters expects further Indian Mi-17 orders

Russian Helicopters expects to receive additional Indian orders for Mil Mi-17 V5 medium transport helicopters.

Speaking to Flightglobal at the Aero India show in Bengaluru, a company source said that it had “received initial interest for further orders”. India has taken delivery of 121 Mi-17 V5s, out of 151 ordered in two batches: a 2008 commitment for 80, followed by a December 2012 contract for an additional 71 of the type.

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Deliveries from the latter deal will be completed this year, once the final 30 examples are transferred over the next few months.

Russian Helicopters will also make a presentation to the Indian defence ministry during the show, linked to the establishment of a service centre in India for repair and modernisation of the Mi-17 fleet. An estimated 300 Mi-8 and Mi-17 variant aircraft are operational in the country.

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