Burkina Faso has ordered two Mil Mi-171Sh transport helicopters and air-launched weapons, Sergey Kornev, the deputy director general of the Russian state arms export agency Rosoboronexport announced on 26 August.
The contract with Burkina Faso was signed at the Army-2017 International Military-Technical Forum held in Russia.
According to Kornev, Burkina Faso’s Defense Ministry is already using Mi-17 and Mi-24P helicopters. Kornev pointed out that the country sought to further develop defense industry cooperation with Rosoboronexport.
Kornev added that Burkina Faso also intends to develop its military-technical cooperation with Russia and is considering purchasing other types of Russian military products.
About Mil Mi-171:
Mil Mi-171 is the export version of the Mi-8AMT, built in Ulan-Ude and is one of the most widely used medium-lift military helicopter platform in services around the world.
Mil Mi-171Sh is a variant of Mil Mi-171 and is the export version of the Ulan-Ude’s Mi-8AMTSh.
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.
Czech Republic and Croatia have ordered Mi-171Sh in 2005 and 2007. Bangladesh Air Force also operates Mi-171Sh as an armed helicopter. Two recent operators are Peru who ordered 6, all due for delivery in 2011, and Ghana which received 4 of the helicopters in January 2013.