Mi-17V5 helicopter – UPSC Prelims

Mi-17V5 Helicopter:
  • Mi-17V5 is a Russian-made helicopter which is produced by Kazan Helicopters.
  • It was inducted into the Indian Air Force in 2012.
  • Purpose: The Helicopter can carry equipment inside the cargo cabin or an external sling, drop tactical air assault teams and carry the wounded.
  • Speed: The helicopter can achieve a maximum speed of 250 km per hour.
  • Weight: The helicopter has a maximum take off weight of 13,000 kg. It can transport either 36 armed soldiers internally or 4,500 kg of load on a sling.
  • Features: It has a digital flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder onboard to monitor flight parameters and cockpit conversations respectively. The helicopter also has the capability to land on unprepared sites at night and in adverse weather conditions.
  • Indian Air Force(IAF) currently has over 200 of these helicopters in service.
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