The Mi-17V-5 helicopter is the latest model in Russia's Mi-8/17 helicopter family. It is designed for personnel transportation, as well as for carrying cargo internally or on its external sling. They can be used in search and rescue operations, and can also be equipped with weapons.
In July, local media reported that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had proposed to acquire 48 additional Mi-17V-5, as they had proven to be efficient in India’s often difficult terrain and climatic conditions.
Mi-17s have been used in India since the government canceled an order for Italian choppers amid corruption scandals involving Italian businessmen and their Indian intermediaries.