Russia to supply Bangladesh with seven Mil Mi-171 multirole helicopters

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DHAKA, -- Russia will supply six Mil Mi-171Sh military and transport helicopters and one Mi-171E rotocraft to Bangladesh under a contract signed in April this year, Russian state arms seller Rosoboronexport First Deputy CEO Ivan Goncharenko said on Monday August 24, 2015.

"A contract was signed in April 2015 on the delivery of six Mi-171Sh military and transport helicopters, and also one Mi-171E transport helicopter in its Salon option," Goncharenko said ahead of the MAKS-2015 air show opening outside Moscow.
It was previously reported that Russia and Bangladesh had agreed in April 2015 on the delivery of five Mi-171Sh helicopters. Rosoboronexport said Russia would provide Bangladesh a $1 billion loan for the purchase of Russian helicopters.

Rosoboronexport said in June 2015 the deliveries of new helicopters were under way.

The Mi-171E is a varient equipped with VK-2500-03 engines to operate in extreme temperature limits, from -58 to 50 Celsius. The Mi-171Sh is the export version of the Ulan-Udes Mi-8AMTSh. It Is an armed assault version of the Mi-8AMT that can carry the same range of weapons as the Mi-24 including the "Shturm" ATGM. The Mi-171Sh is fitted with a new large door on the right side (except the prototype), aramid fiber plates around the cockpit area and engines, and sometimes a loading ramp in place of the usual clamshell doors.

Bangladesh Air Force aircraft inventory already includes Russia-made aircraft: 27 Mi-17/Mi-171 multirole choppers, and 8 MiG-29 Fulcrum multirole fighter jets. The country's air force also ordered a total of 16 Yakovlev Yak-130 light attack and trainer aircraft.

The Bangladesh Air Force Mil Mi-17 Hip multirole helicopter.

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