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Bangladesh takes delivery of another batch of Mi-171 multirole helicopters

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World Defense & Security News - Bangladesh
 
 
Bangladesh takes delivery of another batch of Mi-171 multirole helicopters
 
The Russian Helicopters Corporation (a subsidiary of Rostec) has delivered another batch of Mil Mi-171 (NATO reporting name: Hip) helicopters to the Bangladeshi Defense Ministry, the company’s press office told TASS on Nov. 17, 2016.
     
Bangladesh takes delivery of another batch of Mi 171 multirole helicopters 640 001A BAF Mi-171Sh combat and transport helicopter
(Credit: Bangladesh Air Force)
     
"The helicopters were manufactured by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant on the order of the Defense Ministry of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and were supplied under the contract awarded to the Rosoboronexport Joint Stock Company," the corporation says in its message.

According to Russian Helicopters Deputy Director General for Sales Vladislav Savelyev, the machines delivered are capable of a broad range of missions, including humanitarian relief and the countering of organized crime and drug trafficking.

Bangladesh ordered six Mi-171Sh aircraft and a Mi-171E transport helicopter in April 2015. It was not the first deal for aircraft of the type: the country ordered five Mi-171Sh helicopters - an export version of the baseline Mi-8AMTSh - in 2014.

The Mi-171 rotorcraft is the export version of the Mi-8AMT, which is a slightly modified version of Kazan's Mi-8MTV, built in Ulan-Ude from 1991 and still powered by two TV3-117VM engines. It has a maximum ceiling of 6,000 m.
     
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