Mi-17V5 Chopper

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    • General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others on board a Mi-17V5 IAF helicopter were killed after it crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor.

    About Mi-17V5 chopper

    • It is a Russian-made helicopter which is produced by Kazan Helicopters.
    • The first batch of these helicopters came to India in September 2011.
    • It is a military transport variant in the Mi-8/17 family of helicopters.
    • Features: 
      • The helicopter has a maximum takeoff weight of 13,000kg. It can transport either 36 armed soldiers internally or 4,500kg of load on a sling.
      • It can also be deployed in troop and arms transport, fire support, convoy escort, patrol, and search-and-rescue (SAR) missions.
      • The helicopter can achieve a maximum speed of 250 km per hour.
      • Survivability of Mi-17V5 transport helicopter: The cockpit and vital components of the helicopter are protected by armoured plates. 
      • Mi-17V5 weapon systems: Mi-17V5 is armed with Shturm-V missiles, S-8 rockets, a 23mm machine gun, PKT machine guns, and AKM sub-machine guns. It features eight firing posts for aiming the weapons.

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    Source: TOI