Author: Alexandra Gritskova, Konstantin Lantratov
If 20 Indian Dhruv will find buyers in Russia
Source: Kommersant, July 11, 2006, p. 10
[Air Force Commander of India Shashindra Pal Tiagi spoke about the plans of India to buy a large batch of Mi-17 helicopters from Russia in an interview to Armament Export magazine.]
INDIA IS READY TO BUY 80 MILITARY TRANSPORT HELICOPTERS MI-17 IF RUSSIA BUYS LIGHT INDIAN HELICOPTERS DHRUV
Air Force Commander of India Shashindra Pal Tiagi spoke about the plans of India to buy a large batch of Mi-17 helicopters from Russia in an interview to Armament Export magazine. He explained, "We are going to order 80 helicopters." Sources in the aircraft building industry report that signing of the contract is scheduled for the end of 2006, and the first batch of helicopters should be handed over to the customer in 2007. One Mi-17 costs about $5 million, which means that the overall value of the contract will amount to $400-500 million depending on modification.
The largest batch of Mi-17 worth $170 million was supplied to India between 2000 and 2001, by the Kazan helicopter plant. The helicopters were modernized for operations in the high mountainous area of the Himalayan Mountains. Between 2003 and 2004, India received six Mi-17 more for use in the border guards units in Jammu and Kashmir. Overall, India received more than 400 Mi helicopters. At present, about 300 helicopters remain in service being mostly Mi-8 and Mi-17.
In Russia Mi-17 is series-produced at the Kazan helicopter plant and Ulan-Ude aircraft building plant. Both parts belong to the helicopter building holding established by Oboronprom subsidiary of Rosoboronexport. Yesterday, representatives of Oboronprom did not comment on the prospects of sharing the Indian order between the plants saying that "it is too early to speak about the contractor as long as all details of the contract are not settled."
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