The Indian Air Force (IAF) inaugurated a repair and overhaul facility for its fleet of Russian-made Mil Mi-17-V5 ‘Hip’ medium-lift helicopters on 17 April at Chandigarh, some 250 km north of New Delhi.
India had acquired 151 twin-engine Mi-17-V5s between 2008 and 2016 for USD2.87 billion, of which 139 were weaponised versions for the IAF and the remaining 12 for use by the federal Home Ministry and the country’s paramilitary forces.
The IAF is also fast-tracking the procurement of another 48 Mi-17s, which largely support Indian Army formations deployed along the country’s Himalayan border with China and Pakistan.
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