The Peruvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken delivery of the first batch of four Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters from Russian Helicopters.
A total of 24 Mi-171Sh helicopters were ordered by the Peruvian MoD from Russian state-arm exporter Rosoboronexport as part of a $406m contract in December 2013.
The agreement also covered establishment of a Russian Helicopters maintenance centre in Peru, to keep the country’s helicopter fleet in a constant state of operational readiness and to help ensure their effective use in counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism operations.
Delivered along with related aviation equipment, the helicopters are expected to complete final acceptance testing by 9 December. This will enable the MoD to sign the acceptance document and approve the equipment for use by the Peruvian Armed Forces.
The Peruvian helicopters are fitted with the latest systems that boost their combat efficiency, while protecting their main systems and crew from attack. Avionics suites also enable the helicopters to fly in adverse weather conditions and at any time of day or night.
Capable of carrying up to 26 paratroopers, the helicopters also feature two sliding doors and an electro-hydraulic ramp, making a full ground-troop landing possible within seven to eight seconds.
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An additional four helicopters would be supplied to Peru by the end of the year, while deliveries of the remaining choppers are scheduled to take place in 2015.
The Mi-171Sh is manufactured by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. It is a derivative of the Mi-171 helicopter and is used for the airlift of assault forces and cargo transport at a maximum altitude of 6,000m on the battlefield.
Powered by two Klimov TV3-117VM turboshaft engines, the helicopter can also be configured for troop fire support, air-to-surface attack, escort of the military columns, medical evacuation and combat search-and-rescue operations.
The Peruvian Armed Forces already operate eight Russian helicopters, including six Mi-171Sh military-transports and two Mi-35P attack helicopters.
Image: A Peruvian Mi-171Sh military transport helicopter in flight. Photo: © 2014 Russian ?elicopters, JSC.