Russian Helicopters has delivered its first batch of four Mi-171Sh multirole military transport helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of Peru. Assembled at Russian Helicopters’ Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the helicopters have shipped a month ahead of schedule, along with aviation equipment necessary for their operation.
The Mi-171Sh helicopters are equipped with onboard systems to boost combat efficiency and protect the flight crew, and with avionics suites to permit flight at night and in adverse weather conditions. They can carry up to 26 paratroopers, and feature two sliding doors and an electro-hydraulic ramp, allowing for a full ground-troop landing within seven to eight seconds. As requested, they are painted in Peru Army colors.
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The delivery is part of a larger contract concluded in December 2013 with Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters’ partner in the export of military products. It is the largest contract to be concluded in the recent history of military and technical cooperation with Peru, and one of the largest in the global market for military transport helicopters. It is also the second of Peru’s contracts with Russian Helicopters, the first having been concluded in 2011. Under the terms, 24 helicopters will be supplied to Peru: eight in 2014, and the rest in 2015. A maintenance center for Russian Helicopters will also be established in Peru to keep the country’s helicopters in a constant state of operational readiness, and to use them effectively in counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism operations.
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