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India Could Order Additional 48 Russian Helicopters in Near Future

Indian Air Force is planning to order an additional 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters for flights in different conditions, according to the Russian state technology company Rostec.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — India could order 48 Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters in the near future, in addition to the the recently fulfilled contract for the same choppers, the Russian state technology company Rostec said in a statement Tuesday.

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Earlier in the day, Rostec's subsidiary Russian Helicopters delivered the final batch of 151 Mi-17V-5 helicopters to India under previously concluded contracts.

"In the near future, the Indian Air Force is planning to order an additional 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters for flights in different conditions, either in deserts or in the mountains," the statement reads.

Russia and India have enjoyed mutually beneficial strategic relations, especially in the field of defense and military cooperation, since the 1960s. Russia is among India’s foremost weapons suppliers. Moscow and New Delhi have a number of joint products, including in the sphere of helicopter production.

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