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  • China's New Helicopters Will Come from Russia
    China's New Helicopters Will Come from Russia 23 October 2020
    China has purchased 121 new helicopters from Russia, aviation group Rostec said in its newly released annual report. China has signed a contract with Rostec subsidiary JSC Russian Helicopters, which is set a "record" for the purchase of new helicopters in early 2019, the report said. Under the contract, which includes the Chinese government and private organizations, Russia will deliver 68 Mi-171 general purpose helicopters, 18 Mi-171Sh helicopters, 14 VK-2500 engines and ...
  • The First Flying Prototype of the Modernized Mi-17 is on Display
    The First Flying Prototype of the Modernized Mi-17 is on Display 25 August 2020
    Russian Helicopters is displaying the modernized variant of the Mi-8/17 transport helicopter. The first flying prototype of the Mi-171Sh-VN helicopter was unveiled for the first time at the 2020 International Military and Technical Forum. The platform built at Ulan-Ude Aviation Factory is equipped with IBKV-17VP glass cockpit, sighting system and advanced avionics. The helicopter was armoured with reinforced titanium and kevlar. Mi-171Sh-VN 's cruising speed was increa...
  • Maritime Exercise of Army Elements
    Maritime Exercise of Army Elements 7 August 2020
    China, which has been focusing on areas such as shipbuilding as well as equipment and personnel training for a while to increase its amphibious capabilities, has performed an important exercise. In the activity carried out off the Fujian District in the southern part of the East China Sea, Chinese Army Aviation elements took off from the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ship and performed sea crossing exercise. The Z-9 and Mi-171 utility helicopters, as well as the...
  • Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia
    Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia 30 July 2020
    Serbia, which has close relations with Russia in the military aviation field, came up with an unexpected move. A senior official from the Serbian Ministry of Defence announced on July 25th that the country is interested in the US made T-7A Red Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft. In the speech, it was stated that the Serbian Air Force attracted attention with the price/performance ratio of the platforms that came to the fore with low initial acquisition and maintenance cost...
  • Russia to Showcase Its New Helicopter in 2021
    Russia to Showcase Its New Helicopter in 2021 17 July 2020
    The Mi-171A3 helicopter developed for use in Russia’s Arctic region is scheduled to be exhibited at MAKS-2021. The Agreement was signed three years ago for the Mi-171A3, designed as an overseas variant of the Mi-171A2 platform. The final installation of the helicopter will be made at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Factory, Russian officials said, the design process of the platform is finished in 2018 and the aerodynamic tests have been successfully completed. The Mi...
  • New Engine for Mi and Kamov Helicopters
    New Engine for Mi and Kamov Helicopters 13 November 2019
    Russian-based engine manufacturer UEC-Klimov presents the new VK-2500 engine for Mil and Kamov helicopters in India's inventory. The matter was reportedly discussed when Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh visited the UEC-Klimov plant on November 7. India, which has about 250 Mil helicopters in service, has announced that they have ordered 10 Kamov Ka-31s worth about $ 504 million. There are three versions of the VK-2500 engine, each of which has a different take-off power- from 2000 to...
  • Russian Helicopters will Retire
    Russian Helicopters will Retire 23 August 2019
    The Czech Republic decided to retire the Russian-made helicopters in its inventory. The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from US maker Bell a deal priced at $622 million, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on August 22. The deal includes the utility Venom aircraft and the attack Viper aircraft, which share most of their parts. “It will be eight Venoms and four Vipers,” Metnar told reporters. The contract expected to sign by the end of the year with delivery starti...
  • Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans
    Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans 22 August 2019
    Cooperation between Russia and Serbia continues. In October 2018, the Serbian Air Force received six MiG-29 fighter jets handed over by Russia as part of military and technical assistance. In addition to this military assistance, Serbia will procure Russian-made Mi-35 and Mi-17 transport helicopters. The helicopters will arrive for the Serbian Air Force in the first quarter of 2020, Serbia’s Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview with RTS television channel on August 19....
  • UN’s Russian Birds get Safe
    UN’s Russian Birds get Safe 8 August 2019
    BIRD Aerosystems, the developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO), has received an order for additional AMPS systems from the UN Air Operations. Under the contract, BIRD will provide its AMPS solution, which includes the MACS sensor, and install it on the UN Mil Mi-17 (Nato code: Hip) helicopters operating in Africa. The UN is already using BIRD's AMPS systems, and this is a follow-on order that will allow the UN to install the sys...
  • Russia Opens Helicopter Repair Centre in Peru
    Russia Opens Helicopter Repair Centre in Peru 11 December 2018
    Russia has opened a centre for the maintenance and repairs of Russian-made Mil Mi helicopters in the Peruvian capital of Lima with the support of Russian Helicopters Group, the rotorcraft maker’s press office reported on Monday. Helicentro Peru will utilize the enterprise’s capacities to repair civilian Mi-17 helicopters operational in the region. Specialists of Russian Helicopters Group will be carrying out major repairs of Mi-17 helicopters operational in the Peruvian ...
  • Weapon Pod for Blackhawks
    Weapon Pod for Blackhawks 22 October 2018
      A new step has come from the United States, which has been working with the Kabul government on the reconstruction of the Afghanistan Army. In this direction, Washington will arm the UH-60A Black Hawk utility helicopters in the Afghan Air Force inventory. The decision was taken by the US Department of Defence's direct proposal to Afghanistan.   Afghanistan, which has already produced Russian helicopters for the general purpose helicopters, is tryi...
  • Ukraine Wins $40 Million Tender to Repair Turkish Mi-17 Helicopters
    Ukraine Wins $40 Million Tender to Repair Turkish Mi-17 Helicopters 9 September 2018
    Ukrainian firms have gained the $40 million tender for the repair and improve of Turkish Mi-17 helicopters, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine announced. The Ukrainian SE “Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant “Aviakon” and aero-engine producer ”Motor Sich” gained a tender for the repair and modernization of 17 helicopters MI-17 of the Turkish Gendarmerie. “Now we implement the big project on the modernization of Mi-17 helicopters,&rdqu...
  • Slovakia Overhauled Afgan Helicopter
    Slovakia Overhauled Afgan Helicopter 10 August 2018
    Slovakia-based Trenčín (LOTN) has completed the overhaul of Afghanistan's first Mi-17V-5 helicopter. The helicopter was overhauled under an agreement signed by the NSPA (NATO Supply and Procurement Agency) with the Slovakian Ministry of Defence in 2016. The first phase was completed with the delivery of first platforms to Afghanistan after the test flights. The second stage deliveries of the Afghan Air Force are scheduled to be completed in 2019. Another st...
  • UH-60s Helicopter for Afghans Lacks Lift of Old Russian Mi17s: Pentagon Report
    UH-60s Helicopter for Afghans Lacks Lift of Old Russian Mi17s: Pentagon Report 17 June 2018
    According to the Pentagon’s inspector general Glenn Fine’s report, Afghanistan’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters are not as capable as the Russian-made Mi-17s. The Afghan military has been flying the Russian-made chopper since the 1980s. Pentagon Inspector General Fine wrote in his latest quarterly assessment of U.S. expenditures in Afghanistan, posted in May, the same month the first Black Hawk was flown in an Afghanistan operation by the emerging air force.  Fine’s...
  • Serbia Receives MiG-29 Fighters from Belarus
    Serbia Receives MiG-29 Fighters from Belarus 24 April 2018
    Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin revealed that Serbian Army has received four MiG-29 fighter jets from Belarus. The addition of four aircraft increased the number of Serbian MiG-29 fleet to 14. Vulin said that while visiting Moscow in April, he had talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu on supplies of four Mi-35 combat helicopters, four Mi-17 transport helicopters, T-72 tanks, BMP-2 armoured infantry carriers and missile defence systems. Serbia has...
  • Serbia Negotiates Purchase of Mi-35
    Serbia Negotiates Purchase of Mi-35 10 April 2018
    Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin has revealed that Serbia has begun negotiating with Russia for the supply of four Mi-35 combat helicopters and four Mi-17 transport helicopters. After meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu in Moscow on 3 April, Vulin said they have also discussed the continuation of military-technical cooperation, the further equipping and modernization of MiG fighters and the acquisition and supply of T-72 tanks and BMP-2 and certain...
  • Eurasia Airshow, Opens its Doors
    Eurasia Airshow, Opens its Doors 7 April 2018
    Seeking to establish a bridge between Europe and Asia in the area of aviation, Eurasia Airshow will take place for the first time in April 25-29, 2018.  To be organised at Antalya International Airport, the Airshow has the objective to create a new market in the area of military and civilian aviation. The event also plans to make the most of the advantage provided by its geostrategic location, which requires only three hours&rs...
  • Black Hawks Increasing
    Black Hawks Increasing 30 January 2018
    Afghan Air Force received four additional Sikorsky UH-60A + Black Hawk helicopters. First batch of UH-60A + was delivered in September, 2017. According to the plan of USA and Afghanistan, the old Mi-17 fleet of Afghan Air Force will be regenerated. In the process that will continue until 2020, Afghanistan will receive a total of 159 Black Hawks. UH-60A + model is a standard UH-60A helicopter with the T700-GE-701C engine of the UH-60L helicopter. The platform, which also ha...
  • Hungary Takes Action for Mi-24s
    Hungary Takes Action for Mi-24s 12 December 2017
    Russia will carry out the overhaul of 12 Mi-24D air strike helicopters of the Hungarian Air Force in the framework of the agreement signed on October 31. Hungary's existing Mi-24 fleet was unsuitable for flights for many years due to lack of funding. This is the second major agreement signed with Russia for the overhaul work on Hungarian helicopters. Hungarian Air Force also awarded a contract for the repair of five multipurpose Mi-17 helicopters in 2017. 
  • Rostec Inked Over 30 Deals
    Rostec Inked Over 30 Deals 29 August 2017
    During the ARMY 2017 International Military-Technical Forum, Rostec held around 100 meetings with Russian and international delegations from 50 countries and signed over 30 contracts worth over $680 million. During the forum, Rosoboronexport signed more than 10 contracts and agreements, including a contract for the supply of Mi-171Sh helicopters to the Republic of Burkina Faso.
  • Mi-172 Commercialised
    Mi-172 Commercialised 18 August 2017
    Russian Helicopters has obteined a type certificate for medium utility Mi-171A2 enabling the company to deliver the helicopter to commercial customers. The type certificate certifies that the Mi-171A2 developed at Moscow Mil Helicopter Plant may safely transport passengers and cargoes day and night in standard and adverse weather conditions and allows the helicopter to be operated along international air routes.  Director General of Russian Helicopters Holdi...
  • Transport Helo Support to Beijing
    Transport Helo Support to Beijing 21 July 2017
    Russian state arms export company Rosoboronexport has signed a contract for the supply of an additional batch of four Mi-171E transport helicopters to China, Rosoboronexport's Director General Alexander Mikheev announced on 21 July. The contract will be executed in 2018. China has also ordered four JSC Klimov-made VK-2500 turboshaft engines for Mi-17 helicopters which are set to be delivered in 2018, as well. Mi-171E is an export variant of the Mi-8...
  • Mi-171 Signature by Bangladesh
    Mi-171 Signature by Bangladesh 14 June 2017
    Bangladesh Air Force has signed a contract with Russian state-owned export firm Rosoboronexport on 12 June for the acquisition of five Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters. Mi-171Sh was designed to carry out missions such as airlifting of assault forces, cargo transportation, fire support, medical evacuation and combat search and rescue (CSAR) operations. powered by two Klimov TV3-117VM turboshaft engines, the helicopters have a payload capacity of 4 thou...
  • US Support to Afghanistan
    US Support to Afghanistan 5 June 2017
    The US considers providing Afghanistan with up to 159 refurbished UH-60A Black Hawks to replace its aging fleet of Russian Mi-17 transport helicopters. The first delivery is expected to begin in 2019. Afghan defence officials considers the delivery as a vital addition to bolster Afghan Air Force. The country will receive approximately 30 helicopters a year.
  • Mi-17 Helo Modernization by ASELSAN
    Mi-17 Helo Modernization by ASELSAN 18 April 2017
    ASELSAN is utilizing its capabilities by taking an active role with the cost-effective solutions developed in the modernization of the Mi-series helicopters up to 10.000 worldwide, especially in the Gulf countries and Turkish Republics. For this purpose, one Mi-17 helicopter was modernized for demonstration purposes with and delivered to the end user with ASELSAN indigenous products. It was not revealed to which country the delivery was made. Within the scope of menti...
  • 2017 Goal: At Least Four Helos
    2017 Goal: At Least Four Helos 20 February 2017
    Russian Helicopters has started the production of the multirole Mi-171A2 helicopters, announced by the CEO Andrey Boginsky on 19 February at IDEX 2017. The company plans to produce at least four platforms in 2017, the first prototype of which was launched in November 2014. 
  • Russia manufactures two Mi-171 helicopters for China
    Russia manufactures two Mi-171 helicopters for China 22 November 2016
    Russian Helicopters holding (part of Rostec) manufactured two multi-purpose Mil Mi-17i helicopters for China General Aviation Service Co Ltd, the holding. The helicopters are equipped with auxiliary power unit SAFIR, designed to supply air to engine starters or environmental control systems, which allows transporting bulky cargo of up to 4 tonnes. The contract for the supply of two vehicles with China General Aviation Service Co Ltd was signed in 2015. The Mi-171...
  • Afghanistan Abandons Reliance on Russian Tech
    Afghanistan Abandons Reliance on Russian Tech 22 November 2016
    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) is to replace its Russian-made Mil Mi-17 'Hip' helicopters with 53 Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters. The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 18 November that the Black Hawks will be transferred from US Army stocks and upgraded. Although the Mi-17 is cheaper and easier to operate when compared to Western platforms, the US do not want to continue relying on Russian-made helicopters. The AAF operates about 80 Mi-17s including its Special Mi...
  • Poland is Getting Ready for a New Heli
    Poland is Getting Ready for a New Heli 18 October 2016
    Poland and Ukraine is getting ready to jointly develop a completely new helicopter. Polish Defence Ministry stated that due to the conflict in Ukrain, Polish military will need helicopters on its eastern flank. The Minister added that both parties had different areas of expertise which they can combine effectively; Ukrain to produce engines for the new helicopters and Poland to make a composite body. The engine manufacturer Polish Defence Minister refers to is Motor Sich, who manufactures a w...
  • Optoelectronic Tech in Defence Industry
    Optoelectronic Tech in Defence Industry 12 September 2016
    Russian Helicopters, have produced the first Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopter fitted with a GOES-321MK optoelectronic imaging system in corporation with Russia's Shvabe optical electronics company. The helicopter was presented by Russian Helicopters at the Army-2016 forum, held in Kubinka near Moscow. GOES-321MK is based on a high-resolution full HD camera and a highly sensitive thermal imaging mid-infrared frequency sensor. This multifunctional system allows helicopter pilots to na...
  • Chile Chose Black Hawk
    Chile Chose Black Hawk 9 September 2016
    The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) chose the Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk among the offered AW149, H215, Surion and Mi-17 'Hip' to meet its utility helicopter requirement. The service will receive six S-70i (international) helicopters to be built by Sikorsky's Polish subsidiary, PZL Mielec. Contract negotiations will begin later this month and an agreement is expected to be signed before the end of the year. The Air Force currently fields a single S-70A receive...
  • Chile Seeks to Buy Medium Transport Helicopters 2 April 2016
    Chilean government is looking for disaster relief operations, $180 million for five to seven medium transport helicopters to expand the numbers of transport helicopters available for use in disaster relief operations. That differs from the Chilean Air Force, which wants helicopters for combat search and rescue. Chile plans to select and order a medium transport helicopter from competitors that, so far, include the Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk, the Airbus H215M (formerly known as AS532), th...
  • India and Russia discuss new contract for additional 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters 26 February 2016
    According to Russia based newswire Sputnik, Russia and India plan to sign a contract for the delivery of an additional batch of 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters before the end of 2016.  The Indian ambassador to Moscow, Pankaj Saran, said, “India and Russia have begun negotiations on a contract to deliver 48 additional Mi-17V-5 helicopters,” On February 2, the aircraft manufacturer, Russian Helicopters, delivered the final batch of 151 Mi-17V-5 helicopters to India under previously conclud...