Air Transportation: War And Peace

Archives

August 11, 2012: Sri Lanka has ordered another 14 Russian Mi-171 helicopters, to add to the 32 it has bought in the past. About 18 of these are still in service. Sri Lanka has been using several versions of the Mi-17 since the early 1990s. The Mi-171 is basically an inexpensive transport helicopter. But it can easily be modified to carry weapons or any other specialized gear. Sri Lanka did arm many of its Mi-17s, at least part of the time. Some Mi-171 users are equipping them with radars and other sensors, to be used for reconnaissance and surveillance. But Sri Lanka is at peace, since ending over a decade of civil war three years ago. Thus the air force plans using some of the new Mi-171s for supporting tourism, as well as military training. 

The Mi-171 is based on the 1970s era Mi-17, which is the export version of similar Mi-8. Weighing about 12 tons, and carrying a four ton load, the Mi-171 has a range of 590 kilometers at a cruising speed of 250 kilometers per hour. There is a crew of three and as many passengers as can be squeezed in (up to 40 people but usually just 20 or so). A sling underneath can also carry up to four tons.

Several hundred Mi-171s have been exported from Russia. The helicopter is rugged, inexpensive ($4-5 million each), and better suited for less affluent nations. Development of this model was completed in 1998 and Russia has been pushing sales hard.

 


Article Archive

Air Transportation: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close