Peru will get 24 new Russian made Mil Mi-171 sh-P specially adapted tactical transport helicopters for its armed forces, the Peruvian Ministry of Defence announced on 18 December 2013.
The deal involves a flight simulator and the opening in Peru of a regional maintenance and repair centre for the type. That centre is due to be build over two years time, with maintenance starting in the end of 2016. In 2018 the centre will reach full capability, although it is yet unknown where the plant will be located.
The model Mi-171 sh-P that Peru has chosen, is especially configured to operate in offshore areas and rough terrain. Peru want to use them mainly to combat drugs trafficking and terrorism in the valley of the river Apurímac, in Ene and Mantaro.
Deliveries of the choppers with NATO reporting name Hip start in the second half of 2014. The order will be completed in 2015. Which branche(s) of the Peruvian military will get the helicopters has not been disclosed yet, but the Fuerza Aerea’s Escuadrón de Helicópteros 341 already operates Mil Mi-8MTV-1s, Mi-17-1Vs and Mi-171Sh out of Lima-Callao.
Source: Perú Ministerio de Defensa
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