The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has signed a contract for five Russian Helicopters Mil Mi-171Sh helicopters from Russia’s military export agency, Rosoboronexport.
The contract was inked on 12 June at the BAF’s headquarters in Dhaka in a ceremony presided over by Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrar, according to a statement issued by Bangladesh’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The helicopters are equipped with additional fuel tanks, external slings, spotlights, and avionics that enable them for day/ night operations under any weather conditions. The Air Force also plans to deploy these helicopters in UN peacekeeping operations to carry out combat air patrols (CAP) and to transport personnel and materials.
Bangladesh Air Force currently operates 33 Mil Mi-17/ Mi-171 helicopters.
Mil Mi-171 is one of the most widely used medium-lift military helicopter platform in services around the world. It has a top speed of 280 km/h and flight ceiling of 6,000 m. With an MTOW of 13,000 kg, the Mi-171 has an internal payload of 4,000 kg and 5,000 kg on an external sling. It can ferry up to 36 troops or 12 stretchers (for MEDEVAC missions). Mi-171 can also be armed with guns and rockets to carry out assault operations.