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    Russian Helicopters design and manufacturing company can deliver to India up to 250 of just the Mi-8 helicopters a year, according to the statement of company's deputy head.

    YEKATERINBURG (Sputnik) – Russia is ready to supply up to 250 modernized Mi-8 Hip transport helicopters to India upon request, the deputy head of Russian Helicopters design and manufacturing company said Thursday.

    India is Russia’s biggest customer in weapons and equipment purchases, including helicopters. Some 121 Mi-17V-5 have been supplied over the past five years, with a total of 300 Mi-8 and export-designated Mi-17 currently in service with the Indian Air Force.

    “Our capabilities are widely known: we can deliver up to 250 of just the Mi-8 helicopters a year,” Andrey Shibitov told RIA Novosti.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the sixth international industrial exhibition Innoprom-2015 in the southwestern Russian city of Yekaterinburg, Shibitov said India’s fleet of Russian-made Mi-8s is in need of replacement.

    “We are prepared to offer the next upgraded version… I think this will interest the Indian side, so we hope to continue cooperating,” Shibitov added.

    The Mi-17V-5 is the newest in Russia’s Mi-8/17 helicopter family. Designed for personnel transportation, the vehicle can be equipped with weapons used in search and rescue operations.

    During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India in December 2014, the countries agreed in principle to assemble 400 Mi-17 and Kamov-226T transport helicopters annually in India.


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