Elbit wins $110m contract to upgrade Mi-17 helicopters


Elbit Systems has secured a contract to upgrade Mi-17 helicopters for an undisclosed Asia-Pacific country.

Valued at around $110m, the contract requires the company to upgrade and maintain dozens of Mi-17 helicopters over the next five years.

Elbit Systems president and CEO Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis said: “Elbit Systems is a world leader in the Eastern helicopter upgrade market, having completed and continuing to perform numerous programmes which improve operational capabilities and facilitate safer flight, night and day.

"Since the 'ageing helicopter' market is growing rapidly and includes numerous Eastern platforms, we hope other customers will follow the selection of our modernisation solutions."

“Since the 'ageing helicopter' market is growing rapidly and includes numerous Eastern platforms, we hope other customers will follow the selection of our modernisation solutions.”

Elbit Systems delivers rotary-wing modernisation activities, including conversion of utility and assault helicopters into multi-role platforms, upgrading existing utility and attack platforms, supplying cutting-edge systems for latest-generation aircraft and providing full maintenance and support packages.

The company also has the flexibility to serve as prime contractor, systems integrator, component supplier or service contractor.

Built by Kazan Helicopters and Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the Mi-17 is a military transport helicopter designed for personnel transportation, and for carrying cargo internally or on the external sling.

The helicopter with high-flight capabilities can be used in search and rescue operations, and can also be equipped with missiles, rockets, gun armament, small weapons, nose machine gun, aft machine gun, sub-machine guns and side machine guns.

This 5.34m-long helicopter can travel at maximum speeds of 250kmph.