The Bangladesh Armed Forces received five brand new Mil Mi-171SH tactical transport helicopters on 10 December 2015, manufacturer Russian Helicopters announced.
Made in the Ulan-Ude aViatin Plant the five choppers have been supplied including contemporary navigation systems to make them usable in almost any weather condition, day or night. The “Hips” – as the NATO-reporting name for the type goes – can accommodate up to 37 paratroopers, up to 12 wounded on stretchers or a cargo load of up to 8,818 lbs (4,000 kg ). In Bangladesh Air Force service the Mi-171 serves not only as transport, but also as search-and-rescue, medevac and training helicopter.
Bangladesh Mi-171 crash
The Bangladesh Mi-171SH order was signed in 2013 and is a follow up on two earlier purchases of each 3 machines. The Bangladesh Air Force is aiming at having 15 of the Mi-171SH in total, after another five were ordered this year. The quick calculators among you miss a 16th machine. True, that one crashed on Chittagong Airbase on 13 May 2015, injuring three crew.
Apart from the SH-version Bangladesh also flies 13 standard Mi-171s, three similar Mi-17s and two Mil Mi-17-1V for VIP duties, putting the total projected fleet at 30 Hips.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: One of the five newest Bangladesh Air Force Mi-171SHs (Image © Russian Helicopters)