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Mexican Police Using Mil-8's?  
User currently offlineSilverstreak From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 281 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 858 times:

Tonight on the NBC evening news, I think I saw what looked like an Russian Mil-8 helicopter being used to carry Mexican police officiers on a large drug bust yesterday on the U.S.-Mexico border. Did I see that image correctly? Also, are there many Russian helicopters operating in North America? I recall I read an Russian article on the 'net that Mil was going through hard financial times. Can anyone clarify the exact state of this manufacturer?

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User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2717 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 842 times:

I believe that your assumption was correct, although I'm not certain exactly what kind of Russian helicopters you're talking about.

However, let me tell you that Russian helicopters are not an uncommon sight in Latin America. They are very prominent, especially in Central America and some South American countries. The reason is that they are very good workhorses and are very cheap to obtain. I actually had the opportunity to ride on a Peruvian Air Force - Russian made helicopter over the Andes a few years ago. I noticed that most of the aircraft that the Peruvian Air Force operates (including fighter jets) are Russian made.

 Smile LatinPlane



User currently offlineAviatsiya.ru From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 833 times:

The Mi-8 is in operation with the Mexican Air Force and also the Mexican Navy.



Some sites of the Mi-8 in Mexican service are at:

http://200.23.238.36/intermod/fam/mi8/fam_mi8.htm In Spanish

Operators of the Mi-8/Mi-17 family are at:

http://www.combataircraft.com/aircraft/hmi8.asp

Kazan Helicopters website is at:

http://www.kazanhelicopters.com/

The Mexican Air Force also operates the Mi-26 and the Mi-2


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