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AW&ST: Strong Mi-17 Demand Boosts Prices  
User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3684 times:

Very interesting article on how the war in Afghanistan is fueling sales of the Mi-17 in view of the good "hot and high" performance.

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/gener...%20Boosts%20Prices&channel=defense

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The high demand affects only the latest version of the family, the Mi-8MT, because of its ability to operate in hot and high conditions. Compared with the earlier Mi-8T, the Mi-8MT has more powerful TV3-117 turboshaft engines, a new gearbox, improved tail rotor and control linkage, and extended fuel tanks. These upgrades increased Mi-8MT payload capacity by 1 metric ton as well as the operational ceiling. Production of this version was launched in 1977, but the design received an update in the late 1980s (the Mi-8MTV) for high-altitude operations.

“It is impossible to buy this modification on the pre-owned market,” one Russian helicopter dealer tells AVIATION WEEK.

Begs the question of what other operating environments (outside Russia) would prove profitable for sales of this aircraft?


"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".
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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12128 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3515 times:

Peru? Berzil? The US? China (for use in Tibet and the Hymalayas)? India? Several southern EU countries (Italy, France, Spain, Turkey)? There are several high altitude mountain ranges with hot weather around the world.

User currently offlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 529 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3313 times:

India too has placed a follow-up order of around 59 new Mi-17s last week. This is in addition to the 80 units ordered in 2008.

http://planenews.com/archives/15306

http://www.indian-military.org/news-...-additional-mi-17-from-russia.html

- Vivek


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