Holding “Helicopters of Russia” delivered set of Mi-171SH to Peru

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Peru has begun receiving the third batch of Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ transport and assault helicopters that it ordered in late 2013, Russian Helicopters announced on 30 July.

Three Mi-171SH-variant helicopters were handed over ahead of Peru’s Independence Day celebrations on 29 July, joining the eight that were delivered in late 2014.

Russian Helicopters is set to deliver 20 Mi-171SH platforms in all, under a deal signed in December 2013 was part of a wider procurement process to enable the Peruvian military to build up its rotary-winged capabilities to better combat the Shining Path insurgency. All 24 should be with the Armed Forces’ Army Aviation by 2016.

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