From 2010 until now, India’s Mi-17V-5 helicopter model has encountered at least 7 serious accidents, killing more than 50 people. The latest accident happened on 12/8. Among the 13 victims, was the Chief of defence Staff of the Indian Armed forces – General Bipin Rawat.
India is one of Russia’s major customers in the military and defense sector. According to Rostec, Moscow has delivered to New Delhi about 110 Mi-4s, 128 Mi-8s. The latest data shows that the Indian Air Force currently owns more than 200 Mi-17 helicopters.
Features of Mi-17V-5
The Russian side said that the Mi-17V-5 helicopter supplied to India is one of the most advanced aircraft of the Mi-8/Mi-17 series. The aircraft has a special design with an all-glass cockpit. Each aircraft is equipped with the KNEI-8 avionics system, and four multi-function displays that replace the control panel, facilitating pilot operations.
In addition, Mi-17V-5 is also equipped with modern powerful engines, helping to improve the ability to transport heavy and bulky goods. The maximum take-off weight of the Mi-17V-5 helicopter is 13,000kg. The aircraft can carry up to 36 armed soldiers. They are especially suitable for the high mountain regions of India. Compatibility with night vision goggles allows the helicopter to operate normally even in low visibility and dark night conditions.