The Philippines will buy 16 Russian Mi-171 helicopters

The Philippine Department of Budget and Administration would have issued a Special Disbursement Ordinance of $ 41.56 million on October 29 as an advance payment for the supply of rotary-wing transport aircraft to meet the requirements of the modernization program. his armed forces. Although the model is unspecified, it appears to be 16 newly manufactured Mi-171s for the Air Force valued at $ 268.7 million, and the contract is expected to be signed soon. Deputy Minister of National Defense for Material and Financial Assistance Raimundo Elefante had announced his intention to buy 16-17 Mi-171 when visiting Russia during the Army-2019 forum where the Mi-171Sh Storm version was her Debuted and the possibility of using a variety of weapons in addition to its transport capacity.

The Mi-171Sh Stormest is equipped with a cockpit with advanced digital equipment to control operations in any situation and to be used by special forces. It is in series production at the UUAZ plant in Ulan-Ude near the east bank of Lake Baykal, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, and is the Russian counterpart to the joint Ka-226 production program with India. In March this year, the Philippine embassy in Moscow reported that representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the armed forces had visited an aircraft factory and training center in Russia in connection with the proposed purchase of Mi-171. It is not clear which variant of the Mi-8/17 family, which has been exported to more than fifty countries, will be discontinued.

Photo: The Mi-171Sh Storm was presented at the “Army 2020 Forum” (Photo Yury Laskin).

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