India's Defense Acquisition Council approves purchase of 48 Mil Mi-17V5 helicopters worth $1.1 bln

India will buy an additional batch of 48 Mil Mi-17V5 helicopters from Russia, the specialized Indian media has reported.

India will buy an additional batch of 48 Mil Mi-17V5 helicopters from Russia, the specialized Indian media has reported.

"India's Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has approved the purchase of 48 Mi-17 V5 helicopters worth INR 7,000 crore (US $1.1 billion)," the Indian news portal Indiandefensenews.in has reported. Russian Helicopters Holding General Director Alexander Mikheyev told Interfax-AVN at the Aero India 2015 show that India was considering another option for the delivery of Mil Mi-17 helicopters to the Defense Ministry, the Interior Ministry and the government.
 
In all, 121 Mil Mi-17V5 helicopters have been supplied to India in the past five years. The entire Mil Mi-17 fleet of India consists of over 300 helicopters, Mikheyev said.

 

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