Acquisition of 48 Mi 17 choppers by Indian Air Force
22nd July, 2015
A proposal has been moved by Indian Air Force to acquire more medium lift chopper worth Rs spend $1.1b (Rs 6,980 Cr) from Russia that would offer a vital addition to the transport feel of Air force. The new choppers, which will serve in terrains ranging from the desert to high-altitude locations along the China and Pakistan border, will be added to the IAF fleet of 139 Mi 17 V5s that form the backbone of the IAF transport operations.

The plan that is approved by Indian Air force includes maintenance facilities for the choppers as well as an offset obligation of 30%. The operationally proven choppers are much-needed replacements for the older Mi 8 transporters that have reached the end of their service life.

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