India’s Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the procurement of 48 units of Russian Mi-17 V5 military choppers for $1.1 billion. Russia’s defense exporter Rosoboronexport had said in July that it was ready to supply more military helicopters to India. According to Russian news agency TASS, the advanced choppers will be deployed in difficult terrain areas on India’s northern borders.
India has over 300 Mi-17 V5 choppers
Russia has already supplied 121 Mi-17 V5 choppers to India in the last five years. In total, the Indian Air Force has more than 300 units of Mi-17 multi-purpose helicopters. The Version 5 of the chopper was made specifically to meet Indian requirements. India’s DAC also gave a “go ahead” to buy 36 French Rafale fighters in fly-away condition.
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