In the Mi-8/17 family of helicopters, the Mi-17V-5 (also known as Mi-8MTV-5) is a military transport derivative of the Mi-8/17 series. A subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, Kazan Helicopters, manufactures this model of helicopter.
The Mi-17V-5 is one of the most modern helicopters in the world for transporting freight, both in the cabin and on a sling. Other uses include transporting troops and weapons as well as supporting operations like as convoy escorting and search-and-rescue (SAR) patrols.
Orders and delivery of the Mi-17V-5
12 Mi-17V5 helicopters were ordered by the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) at the Aero India 2013 trade event in February 2013.
In December 2008, the Indian Ministry of Defense signed a $1.3 billion contract with Russian Helicopters for the purchase of 80 helicopters. As of early 2013, 36 helicopters had been supplied to the Indian Air Force (IAF).
A total of 71 Mi-17V-5 helicopters were sold to the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) in 2012 and 2013. In 2008, a deal was struck that included the new orders.
The final batch of Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters from Rosoboronexport was delivered to India in July 2018. In April 2019, the Indian Air Force opened a Mi-17V-5 helicopter maintenance and overhaul facility.
In 2011, the US Department of Defense contracted Rosoboronexport to supply the Afghan National Army (ANA) with 63 Mi-17V-5 helicopters. As of October of last year, Kazan Helicopters has completed all of its deliveries to the ANA.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense received a batch of Russian Helicopters’ Mi-8MTV-5-1 military transport helicopters in October 2014.
Earlier this year, Russian Helicopters signed a contract to sell 12 Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters to the Belarusian military. In April 2017, the deliveries were completed.
Features of the Helicopter
It was based on the Mi-8 airframe for the Mi-17V-5 medium-lifter. The helicopter can fly in desert, tropical, and maritime settings, and it retains its superior performance attributes from its predecessors.
At 12.5 square feet, the helicopter’s cabin has a total floor area of 23 square feet. Personnel and goods can enter and exit the ship quickly through the normal portside door and ramp at the rear. Equipment for rappelling and parachute use, a searchlight, a FLIR system and an emergency flotation system can be added to the helicopter.
The helicopter can take off with a maximum weight of 13,000 kilograms. Internally, it can carry 36 armed men, or a slingload of 4,500 kilograms.
Avionics and cockpit
An autopilot system, four multifunction displays (MFDs), night vision equipment, and an on-board weather radar are among the features of the Mi-17V-5’s glass cockpit. Pilots’ burden is reduced by the use of an upgraded cockpit.
The KNEI-8 avionics suite, which includes navigation, information displays, and cueing systems, is installed in the custom-built Indian Mi-17V-5 helicopters.
Weapon systems of the Mi-17V-5
It has a 23mm machine gun, PKT machine guns, and AKM submachine guns as well as Shturm-V missiles and S-8 rockets. Eight aiming posts are provided to help shooters aim their guns.
It is possible for the crew to engage hostile people, armored vehicles and other stationary and mobile targets using the arsenal aboard the ship.
Mi-17V-5 helicopter’s capacity to survive
An armored plate covers the helicopter’s cockpit and other critical areas. The gunner in the aft machine gun position is similarly protected by armored plates.
Filling the fuel tanks with foam polyurethane protects them from bursting. IR suppressors, a flare dispenser, and a jammer are all included in the aircraft.
Mi-17V-5’s engine and performance
In the Mi-17V-5, either a Klimov TV3-117VM or VK-2500 turbo-shaft engine is used to power the aircraft. The VK-2500 has a maximum power output of 2,700 horsepower, whereas the TV3-117VM has a maximum power output of 2,100 horsepower.
The TV3-117VM engine family has been improved with the VK-2500. It has a revolutionary digital control system with full authority (FADEC).
Mi-17V-5 has a maximum speed of 250 km/h and a standard fuel capacity that may be increased by two additional fuel tanks to 1,065 km. An altitude of 6,000 meters is the most that it can reach.