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Russian Helicopters on the move with Mi-17

Some interesting news about the Russian Helicopters Mi-17 helicopters in recent days. The first is the delivery of a second batch of Mi-171 helicopters to the Angolan Air Force. Besides that, as announced on Tuesday 29 March, it seems that Russian Helicopters is close to reach agreement for the long-term service contract with India for the Mi-17 types in service.

“We have conducted negotiations with our Indian partners and we plan to sign a contract that will lay the foundation for collaboration between Russian Helicopters and India in an entirely new way. The company is shifting from offering separate services to providing comprehensive after-sales support.  The possibility of such collaboration is now being discussed with the Air Force, Navy and border patrol troops of India,” said Igor Chechikov, Russian Helicopter’s deputy CEO at Defexpo India 2016. 

“For us, it will be the first long-term service contract with India.  Set prices and delivery dates for supplying equipment needed to repair our helicopters are among the advantages of this type of contract.  It will boost Russian-made helicopters’ after-sales system to a new level.”

Mi-17 helicopters in India

According to the preliminary agreement, Russian Helicopters will provide repairs to Mi-17 type helicopters and will supply spare parts for them throughout the entire life cycle of the rotorcraft.  Repairs of helicopters operated in India will be performed by enterprises belonging to Russian Helicopters holding company.

The contract life cycle is expected to be 3 – 5  years.  Its further extension, as well as an expansion of helicopter models covered by the after-sales support system, are also being considered.

(Image © Russian Helicopters)
(Image © Russian Helicopters)

Second batch of Mi-171s to Angola

Recently, a batch of 4 Mi-171Sh helicopters has been delivered to Angola. The helicopters produced by JSC Ulan-Ude aviation plant (operating as part of Russian Helicopters) were supplied in addition to another four delivered to the customer in 2015. The rotorcraft supply contract was concluded by JSC Rosoboronexport.

The helicopters delivered to Angola are fitted with modern flight and navigation equipment optimizing the flight profile and increasing flight safety.

The Peruvian Army also received a second batch of 4 Mi-171Sh-P helicopters in December 2014.

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Featured image: An Indian Air Force Mil Mi-17V-5 (Image © Russian Helicopters)

Czech and Croatian helos train together to aid Afghan Air Force pilots

A new team of Czech, Croatian and Hungarian military personnel have started the work-up to train Afghan Air Force helicopter pilots together. The preps are being done in Ostrava, Croatia, and at Zadar’s Zemuni Donji Airbase, with flying activities and live-fire exercises with a Czech Air Force Mi-24V, two Croatian Air Force Mi-8s and one Mi-171 being done in Croatia.

Soon the joint, 20-member Air Advisor Team will deploy to Kabul to train the Afghan Air Force pilots in their own operational environment. Emergency and special situations were “flown” on the simulator in Ostrava, including the loss of both engines which is not really safe to perform when flying a chopper for real. Subsequently a two-week practical training followed in which standardizing operational procedures for both flying and maintenance are key.

From Zemuni Donji Airbase the team flies the four choppers in tactical approaches, including take-offs and landings with various loads.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on source information provided by the Czech Air Force
Featured image (top): The Czech Mi-24V and a Croatian Mi-8 together at Zadar (Image © Ing. Zbyněk Suchánek / Czech Armed Forces)

Croatian Hip airborne at Zadar with the joint AAT. (Image © Kpt. Skřivánková  / Czech Armed Forces)
Croatian Mi-8MTV-1 airborne at Zadar with the joint AAT. (Image © Kpt. Skřivánková / Czech Armed Forces)

Czech to retain 56 combat aircraft in 2015

The Czech Air Force keeps its active combat fleet on 56 aircraft in 2015, the Czech Ministry of Defence acknowledged.

Spearhead of the force are 14 SAAB JAS 39C/D Gripen multi-role fighters, supported by 25 indigenous-developed Vodochody L-159 ALCAs. This brings the total fixed-wing combat aircraft fleet to 39. Closer to the ground 17 Mil Mi-24 and Mi-35 Hind attack helicopters provide a key function on the battlefield, giving the Czech a strenght of 56 aircraft.

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Besides the combat aircraft the Czech Air Force in 2015 keeps 9 L-39 advanced training aircraft, 17 transport and observation aircraft (L-410, Yak-40, CL-601 Challenger, A319CJ, CASA/Airbus C295M), plus 35 unarmed transport helicopters (Mi-8, Mi-17 / Mi-171S, W-3A Sokol).

Source: Ministerstvo Obrany České Republiky (MOCR)

A JAS 39C Gripen just after take-off in the early years of their service life with the Czech Air Force (Image © Marcel Burger)
A JAS 39C Gripen just after take-off in the early years of their service life with the Czech Air Force (Image © Marcel Burger)

An Czech L-159 after take-off (Image © Marcel Burger)
A Czech L-159 after take-off (Image © Marcel Burger)
Czech Air Force Hinds (Image © Elmer van Hest)
Czech Air Force Hinds (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Peruvian Army’s new Mi-171Sh fleet reaches 8

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

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Proud crew poses in front of a Peruvian Mi-171Sh-P at Calleo Airbase in December 2014 (Image © Ministerio de Defensa del Perú)
Proud crew poses in front of a Peruvian Mi-171Sh-P at Calleo Airbase in December 2014 (Image © Ministerio de Defensa del Perú)
Cool crew walk and line-up of the second batch of Peruvian Mil Mi-171Sh-Ps delivered by Russian Antonov AN-124 Ruslan (in the background) at Calleo Airbase in December 2014 (Image © Ministerio de Defensa del Perú)
Cool crew walk and line-up of the second batch of Peruvian Mil Mi-171Sh-Ps delivered by Russian Antonov AN-124 Ruslan (in the background) at Calleo Airbase in December 2014 (Image © Ministerio de Defensa del Perú)

Bangladesh Air Force on shopping tour

The Bangladesh government is continuing to beef up the country’s Air Force (Bānglādēśh Bimān Bāhinī; BBB). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina confirmed on Wednesday 10 December that the BBB will get more trainers, more helicopters and more transport aircraft.

Mrs. Sheikh Hasina visited Bangladesh Airbase Bangabandhu near the city of Kurmitola while making her statements. She came to inspect the Hongdu (Karakorum) K-8W jet trainer. Arrived in September 2014, Bangabandhu is home to 9 of these newly Chinese-built aircraft. The W-version has a digital cockpit. Recently Bangladesh also ordered 24 Russian-made Yak-130 advanced jet trainers.

Pakistan is flying a K-8 version produced by its own Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (Image (CC) Peng Chen)
Several countries fly the K-8, like Pakistan which produced its own aircraft like the one pictured here at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (Image (CC) Peng Chen)

Nanchang PT-6
According to the country’s Prime Minister, more aircraft are on their way: Mil Mi-171 tactical transport helicopters, possible more Nanchang PT-6 basic trainers and Let L-410 transport aircraft. When it comes to the PT-6 it might mean bringing old aircraft back to airworthy status. The Bangladesh Air Force still flies almost two dozen of these Chinese built propeller planes, but took delivery of 40 aircraft of the type.

Fighter
The Bangladesh Air Force has a very mixed fleet of aircraft. The primary air defence fighter is the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29, of which 6 single- and 2 double-seaters are operational. There are plans to upgrade them to MiG-29SMT (single) and MiG-29UBM (two-seat) standards, but Airheadsfly.com could not confirm the progress made on the negotiations with Russia. It is believed that the Bangladesh Air Force is first improving its flying skills before the country’s leadership will make a decision to replace the 30 operational Chengdu F-7 fighter-bombers.

A Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29S landing at Hazrat airport (Image (CC) Faisal Akram)
A Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29S landing at Hazrat airport (Image (CC) Faisal Akram)
A Bangladesh Air Force F-7 landing at Hazrat airport (Image (CC) Faisal Akra)
A Bangladesh Air Force F-7 landing at Hazrat airport (Image (CC) Faisal Akra)

Transport fleet
When it comes to the transport fleet Let L-410 Turbolet might be a welcome replacement or addition for the about 30 year old three Antonov AN-32s delivered by the then Soviet Union in the 1980s. Dhaka is also searching for doubling its fleet of four Lockheed C-130E Hercules aircraft.

A Let L-410 of Khabarovsk. Bangladesh is seeking this versatile transport & utility aircraft for its Air Force (Image © Let Aircraft Industries)
A Let L-410 of Khabarovsk. Bangladesh is seeking this versatile transport & utility aircraft for its Air Force (Image © Let Aircraft Industries)
A Bangladesh Air Force C-130E landing at Zia International Airport near Dhaka (Image (CC) Faisal Akra)
A Bangladesh Air Force C-130E landing at Zia International Airport near Dhaka (Image (CC) Faisal Akra)

Hip
In April 2014 Bangladesh placed an order for five Mil Mi-171s to bring the total force up to 16 helicopters of the type. It is uncertain if Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is looking for even more of these modern versions of the “Hip”. The Bangladesh Air Force is operating older Mi-17s (16-18) and a dozen ex-US Armed Forces Bell 212s.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger

A Bangladesh Air Force Mi-17 still in UN livery flying over Dhaka (Image (CC) Faisal Akram)
A Bangladesh Air Force Mi-17 still in UN livery flying over Dhaka (Image (CC) Faisal Akram)