The Indian Air Force has confirmed its intention to purchase 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters from Russia, RIA Novosti learned from Simranpal Singh Birdi, press secretary of the Indian Air Force.
Earlier it was reported that the Indian Air Force had proposed to buy 48 more helicopters from Russia, for a total cost of $1.1 billion. According to the Indian newspaper Economic Times, the Indian Air Force plans to order 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters.
“The Indian Air Force has actually proposed to buy an additional 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters. However, the price and other financial aspects of the proposal cannot be disclosed,” he said.
A source in the Russian military-industrial complex told RIA Novosti that the contract to supply the next batch of Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters to India could be concluded in 2016.
India is one of the largest importers of Russian helicopters and other equipment. During the last five years, Russia supplied India with 121 Mi-17V-5 helicopters. In total, India flies more than 300 Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters.
First published in Russian by RIA Novosti.
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