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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.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Dennis Spronk
Featured image: An Indian Air Force Mil Mi-17V-5 (Image © Russian Helicopters)

India: 150 Hip helicopters delivered, more on the way

India recently received the last batch of 151 Mi-17V-5 Hip transport helicopters, Russian defense export agency Russian Helicopters reported on Tuesday 2 February. The helicpoters were produced by JSC Kazan Helicopters. According to the same report, India is planning to order another 48 choppers for use with the Indian Air Force.

“India is one of the key markets for Russian helicopter building industry and the largest operator of Russian-made helicopters in the South-East Asia. Today, this country uses more than 400 helicopters, which have proved themselves well,” said Russian Helicopter CEO Alexander Mikheev. The company also claims the Mi-17V-5 helicopters supplied to India are some of the best technically equipped helicopters of the Mi-8/17 series, using the best solutions of previous generations.


Every Indian Mi-17V-5 helicopter is fitted with a KNEI-8 avionics suite. The suite has replaced multiple systems indicators with four large multi-functional that are easy to read and reduce the pilot’s workload. This avionics suite also helps to cut down pre-flight inspection time by displaying all systems data and alerting the crew when necessary.  Also, the helicopters supplied to India are equipped with the latest and more powerful engines, which enhance payload carriage capability at higher altitudes – useful in the mountainous Indian landscape.


As recently announced, Russia and India have started to implement a project aimed at manufacturing no less than 200 light multirole Ka-226T helicopters, as reported here at Airheadsfly.com already last year.  According to documents signed by the governments of the two countries, no less than 200 of the Ka-226T helicopters and their modifications will be manufactured in India.  The agreement also includes maintenance, operation, repairs of helicopters and provision of technical support.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: A Mi-17V-5 in action. (Image © Russian Helicopters)

Modernized giant Mi-26T2 goes into series production

The newest, biggest standard helicopter of the world, the Mil Mi-26T2 of Russian Helicopters, is going into series production at Rostvertol, the state company announced on 22 May 2015.

The Mi-26T2 is a modernized version of the Mi-26T, with new avionics and can now also been flown safely at night. The new “Halo” – as the NATO-reporting name goes – is equipped with a so-called “glass” cockpit that includes five multifunction LCDs, a control board, duplicate electromechanical instruments, and an upgraded digital communications suite. On-board video displays offer visuals of the cargo on the external sling during the day.

The navigation suite enables the Mi-26T2 to partly fly on the automatic, increasing flight safety and reducing the crew’s workload. It has a ground proximity warning system, a well as a collision warning system to give the piloting crew an overview of a 6 to 7 miles (9-11 km) radius.

The military Mi-26 helicopter and its commercial variant Mi-26T have been produced at Rostvertol since 1980. Being able to carry 20 tonnes of cargo inside the cabin or on an external sling, makes the chopper unique in the world. The Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and Rostvertol jointly worked on the modernization program of the Mi-26/Mi-26T. On 17 February 2011 the modernised Mi-26T2 helicopter completed its first flight at Rostvertol. Compared to the earlier Halos with five personnel on board, the T2 has only a crew of 2 to 3 depending on the mission.

Apart from transporting cargo, serve as a large medevac asset, transport troops or paratroopers, Russian Helicopters is actively marketing the Mi-26T2 for fire-fighting and autonomous flying gas station. Especially in vast and remote regions, like much of the Russian landscape, the Mi-26T could be useful in providing kerosene or diesel fuel to other aircraft or vehicles on the ground.

Source: Russian Helicopters
Featured image: The Mi-26T2 in flight (Image © Russian Helicopters)

The Mi-26T2 in flight (Image © Russian Helicopters)
The Mi-26T2 in flight (Image © Russian Helicopters)

Green light for India’s own Ka-226 production

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) of India has given the green light for the local production of the Russian-designed Kamov Ka-226T helicopter on Wednesday 13 May 2015.

Initially the deal will be for 200 of these machines, but larger numbers of 400 Ka-226Ts have been mentioned earlier, as Airheadsfly.com reported in December.

The exact details of the local production still have to be worked out, but sources in New Delhi say some of the initial agreement of 200 choppers might be bought directly from the Russian production plant; illustrating the need of India to quickly beef up its number of helicopters.

The Ka-226T is likely starting the replacement of 34 Cheetahs (Alouette II) of the Air Force and the 48 Cheetahs of the Indian Navy, built under license by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). In the second phase the 74 remaining HAL Chetaks (Alouette III) of the Air Force and the 60 of the Indian Army might see decommissioning with the introduction of the Kamovs. The Ka-225Ts are to serve next to the somewhat troubled HAL Dhruv, India’s indigenous helicopter development. Other Ka-226T will be fielded on the civilian market.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: The Kamov Ka-226T is produced both for military and civilian purposes (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)