The new Mil Mi-171Sh-P helicopter fleet of the Peruvian Army has reached 8 new choppers before new year, after Rostec-subsidiary Russian Helicopters delivered the second batch of four of these tactical transport and assault choppers on 25 December to the Lima-Callao Airbase, home of – amongst others – the 1 Brigada de Aviacion del Ejército (1st Army Aviation Brigade).
Minister of Defence of the Republic of Peru Pedro Kateriano said that the completion of the fleet Russian helicopters will restore the operational capabilities the Air Force, as well as to renew logistics bases and remote border posts of observation. The commander of a group of armed forces Omar Gonzalez said that among the advantages of the Mi-171Sh-P is possible to allocate more powerful engines, capable of operating at high altitudes, including in the areas of the highlands of the Andes.
During the ceremony, held a demonstration flight of new Mi-171Sh-P. Peru’s President personally made a half-hour flight with one of the new chopper, after which the pilot noted the convenience and high performance characteristics of the helicopter. With the first batch of four already delivered in November, Russian Helicopters has met its commitment of the year. Another 16 machines will be delivered in 2015 to the country that already has many Hips on strength.
The Mil-designed choppers will help deliver aid in the province, located in the Amazon region and high Andes, will be useful for military operations in the valleys of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro to combat drug trafficking, terrorist groups and organizations involved in illegal mining.
The Mi-171Sh-P produced at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, which is part of the holding “Russian Helicopters”. Peruvian specialists in 2014 were successfully trained in the factory Aviation Training Centre. On the latest fitness complex Mi-171 helicopter and using advanced techniques crews learn the techniques and rules of piloting helicopters in various conditions, and technicians have been trained to qualified service helicopters.
Apart from delivering 24 new helicopters, Russian state export company also sets up a maintenance centre for Russian helicopters in Peru.
Source: Russian Helicopters, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger