//Defence Express Correspondent//
Negotiations to finalise a contract to acquire 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters for the Indian Air Force at an estimated cost of 1.1 billion dollars have entered into last phase with the Russian manufacturer of the aircraft submitting its commercial proposal to the Indian Defence Ministry. "A commercial proposal has been presented to the Indian side earlier this February and after the commercial terms are agreed upon, a firm order is expected to be received this year," the Russian company Rostec State.
"The negotiations within this contact have been launched. Currently the Indian side is considering our commercial proposal, which we sent earlier this month.
“Over a long time, Russian helicopters have gained a reputation for being very efficient and reliable machines and the intention of the Indian army to purchase a new batch of Mi-17V-5 is proof of that. Since this is not the first contract for these helicopters, we assume that the negotiations will not take a long time: the technical specifications and parameters have been agreed, the two parties will only have to agree upon the commercial terms. It is not just about price, which is affected by inflation, but also the order and timing of deliveries and payments. I am sure that the contract will be concluded this year, perhaps even in a few months. India has long been and remains our strategic partner, and we intend to maintain our leading position in the helicopter sector and increase Rostec’s presence in the region.” said Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostec State Corporation.
Designed to transport cargo inside the cabin and on an external sling, the Mi-17V-5 is one of the world's most advanced military transport helicopters. It can also be deployed in troop and arms transport, fire support, convoy escort, patrol, and search-and-rescue (SAR) missions.
The Mi-17V-5, supplied to India, ranks among the most technically advanced helicopters of the Mi-8/17 type, incorporating the best engineering solutions of previous generations. Each Indian Mi-17V-5 has a complex navigation and electronic display KNEI-8, where the numerous indicators of various information systems of the helicopter are replaced with four multi-function displays, the presence of which unloads dashboards and greatly facilitates the work of the crew. The complex also simplifies pre-flight check of the helicopter with information from all sensors of conjugate systems on a single monitor screen.
In addition, the provided helicopters are equipped with modern powerful engines, which significantly extends the capabilities for the transport of heavy and bulky loads. This is of special relevance in India’s characteristically diverse topography.
India continues to be one of the largest operators of Russian airborne equipment. In the entire history of aviation cooperation between the two nations, enterprises that are currently united into the Russian Helicopters holding company have delivered to India 110 units of the Mi-4, 128 units of the Mi-8 and about 160 units of the Mi-17.
In 2008 Rosoboronexport signed a contract for the delivery of 80 Mi-17V-5 to India, which was completed in 2011-2013. In 2012-2013 three additional contracts were signed to supply a total of 71 Mi-17V-5 helicopters to meet the needs of the Indian Air Force.
JSC "Kazan Helicopters" produces the family of Mi-8/17 helicopters, which are operated in more than 100 countries. These helicopters are available in a wide range of modifications: transport, passenger, rescue, troop transport, and many others.