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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Bangladesh & Russia
 
 
 
Russia to supply Bangladesh with seven Mil Mi-171 multirole helicopters
 
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.
     
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. Bangladesh Air Force Mil Mi-17 Hip multirole helicopter
     
"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.