Rosoboronexport has won a contract to supply Mil Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters to the Nepalese Army, according to Himalayan Times.
The government had already allocated over $30 million for the procurement of new twin turbine transport helicopters early last year. Deliveries under the contract are scheduled this year.
An export variant of the Mi-8 Hip helicopter, the Mi-17V-5 is powered by two upgraded TV3-117BM turboshaft engines, and is armed ten large-calibre machine guns, four outboard cassettes with 20 unguided missiles, advanced multifunction cockpit displays and night vision goggles.
The avionics set includes radio and flight navigation equipment for rapid troop airlift and air-fire support missions during day, night and adverse weather conditions, as well as de-icing equipment.
Capable of transporting up to 36 passengers or 4t of cargo, the helicopter is equipped with a loading ramp instead of clam-shell doors, an additional door and a new dolphin nose.
Primarily intended for cargo delivery, rescue missions, VIP transport and combat troop support operations across the country, the Nepalese Mi-17V-5s are also expected to conduct the role of a gunship.
Nepal had previously acquired three Russian-built Mil Mi-8 helicopters, but only one remains in service due to lack of funds for maintenance.
The first batch of Mi-17V-5 helicopters have been delivered to the Indian side under the contract signed by Rosoboronexport, JSC in December 2008 during the visit to India of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The helicopters are manufactured by Kazan Helicopters, a subsidiary of the Russian Helicopters holding company
India and Nepal are expected to close a massive military deal, including the supply of lethal weapons for the first time in nine years, when officials from both countries meet in Kathmandu next week. The 11th Nepal-India Bilateral Consultative Group on Security Issues is set to take place in Kathmandu on June 8 and 9, where joint secretaries from respective Foreign Ministries will take a call on NAs request for the supply of military stores and equipment
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has built the 3,500th export version of the Mi-17 at Kazan Helicopters. The helicopter will be delivered to the Indian Armed Forces as part of a contract signed by Rosoboronexport in 2012, according to an official statement
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