Caught on our Shooting Range is Mi-171E recently delivered by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant to the Kazakhstan Ministry of Internal Affairs. The Ministry uses Mi-8/17s for routine patrolling and search-and-rescue missions, and for transporting personnel and cargo. Although we normally publish stuff from our own editors in this section, the autumn colours on this machine are so cool, that we couldn't resist. The chopper will have to operate in all kinds of terrain, from plus 50 to minus 60 degrees Celsius. (Image © Russian Helicopters)

Peru orders 24 special Mi-171s

The Mi-171 and its Mi-8/17 original versions are popular helicopters in many countries. Her a Mi-171 in October delivered to the Kazakhstan Ministry of Internal Affairs. (Image © Russian Helicopters)
The Mi-171 and its Mi-8/17 original versions are popular helicopters in many countries. Her a Mi-171 in October delivered to the Kazakhstan Ministry of Internal Affairs. (Image © Russian Helicopters)

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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