The Mi-8/17 series of helicopters is one of the symbols of Russia's aviation industry. The latest models combine advanced technologies with the years of operational experience accumulated by their predecessors. These advanced helicopters, the best in their class, are equipped with the latest navigational and onboard systems, and maintain the high levels of reliability, simplicity and ease of operation that generations of operators have come to expect. They can fly a wide range of missions in conditions ranging from tropical and maritime climates to high-altitude and desert environments.
The Mi-17B-5 has been built to the requirements of the Indian Ministry of Defence. It is one of the most advanced helicopters on the global marketplace, as well as in the Indian Armed Forces.
The helicopters are equipped with new VK-2500 engines that have an electronic control system and deliver enhanced power performance, which is particularly important in hot climates and at high altitudes. Should one engine fail, the reserve power provided by the second engine ensures safe operation through to landing. The on-board systems allow the helicopter to operate day and night in all weather conditions. A new navigation system has been developed for this version of the Mi-17B-5 that shows all of the piloting and navigation information on four multifunctional display screens, significantly reducing the crew's workload.
The medium multi-role Mi-17 is the export version of the Mi-8. Their versatility and high performance have made these helicopters some of the most popular Russian-built helicopters around the world. More than 12,000 Mi-8/17s are in operation in more than 110 countries.