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Russia ready to supply 250 Mi-8 Hip transport helicopters to India

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Russia is ready to supply up to 250 modernized Mi-8 Hip transport helicopters to India upon request, the deputy head of Russian Helicopters design and manufacturing company.

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India is Russia’s biggest customer in weapons and equipment purchases, including helicopters. Some 121 Mi-17V-5 have been supplied over the past five years, with a total of 300 Mi-8 and export-designated Mi-17 currently in service with the Indian Air Force.

“Our capabilities are widely known: we can deliver up to 250 of just the Mi-8 helicopters a year,” Andrey Shibitov told RIA Novosti.

Speaking on the sidelines of the sixth international industrial exhibition Innoprom-2015 in the southwestern Russian city of Yekaterinburg, Shibitov said India’s fleet of Russian-made Mi-8s is in need of replacement.

“We are prepared to offer the next upgraded version… I think this will interest the Indian side, so we hope to continue cooperating,” Shibitov added.

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