Russia and Nepal signed a contract for delivery of two Mi-17V-5 helicopters to the army of Nepal, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to a source close to Nepalese Ministry of Defense.
"The contract has been signed, - he said. – The delivery is scheduled for 2014". The value of this contract has not been unveiled, but the estimated value of two helicopters is about $35 million. The army of Nepal already operates Mi-17 helicopters purchased in 2001. Nepal has never operated Mi-17V-5 helicopters before.
Mi-17V-5 is the latest modification of Mi-17. The vehicle is intended for transportation of cargo, troops and suspended load. The attack version of Mi-17V-5 is intended for fire support operations and precision bombing. The vehicle is fitted with a self-defense system.
The Indian air forces put the first batch comprising 20 Mi-17V-5 helicopters into service in February 2012. The contract for delivery of 80 Mi-17V-5s to India (the value of this contract is $1.3 billion) was signed in 2008.