Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) delivered a batch of five military transport Mi-171Sh helicopters to Bangladesh's Ministry of Defense. In addition to regular cargo transportation operations and border security provision, the new Mi-171Sh will be used in UN humanitarian missions and in regions facing complex crime problems.
Bangladesh received the Mi-171Sh helicopters under state credit for the purchase of Russian military goods. The contract was concluded by Rosoboronexport in late 2013. The Mi-171Sh helicopters delivered are equipped with the latest avionics, enabling them to land safely at any time of day or night in any weather conditions.
“The geographies to which we deliver modified Mi-171 helicopters expand every year. Today they are in use in Brazil, China, Ghana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Peru and beyond. There are real opportunities to continue to deliver the Mi-171Sh to Bangladesh. 'We produce high-tech multirole helicopters, which are designed to complete highly complex missions anywhere in the world,” said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev.
“Our choice of partners is absolutely clear and fully grounded, the Mi-171Sh is ideally suited to operation in Bangladesh's environment and climate. In addition, our helicopters are renowned for their resilience and ease of operation. 'We are constantly modernizing Mi-171Sh helicopters, expanding their operational capacity,” said Leonid Belykh, Managing Director at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant.
The helicopters are equipped with additional fuel tanks to increase range and length of flight, as well as an external sling for large cargo transportation. They boast enhanced efficiency thanks to the powerful spotlights and winches that can lift 150 kg, can be fitted with medevac equipment to evacuate up to 12 injured people. They are equipped with armor and protection systems for operation in areas that see heightened activity by terrorist or organized crime groups.
The ?i-171Sh – military transport helicopter is developed on the basis of the Mi-171Sh (Mi-8AMT) and is designed to combat armored ground, surface, immobile and mobile small targets, to destroy enemy forces, transport military cargo, troop delivery, day and night, in regular or complex weather conditions, in a variety of climates.
The ?i-171Sh can be equipped with the latest small arms, rocket, bomb and gun weapons systems, and protection against attack. The helicopter is designed to transport up to 37 paratroopers, and to transport cargo of up to 4,000 kg, up to 12 injured on streatchers, and to carry out search and rescue operations (including CSAR).