Peruvian air forces will take delivery of eight Mi-171Sh helicopters in November 2014, Lenta.ru reports with reference to Jane's and the Peruvian Minister of Defense, Pedro Cateriano.
In 2015 Peru will take delivery of 16 more helicopters of the type. The new Mi-171Sh vehicles will replace 8 outdated Mi-17s, which have been operated by the country since 1984.
Peruvian Ministry of Defense also plans to allocate $11 million for maintenance and overhaul of three currently operated Mi-171Sh helicopters delivered to the country in 2010. This work should be started in late 2014. Moreover, another $2,8 million will be allocated from the military budget of Peru for maintenance and overhaul of the president’s Mi-17-1V helicopter.
The contract for delivery of 24 Mi-171Sh helicopters to Lima worth $406 million was signed in December 2013. In addition to the main contract for delivery of the vehicles an offset agreement worth $180 million was also signed. The document includes establishment of a MRO center in Peru responsible for maintenance and overhaul of the Russian-produced helicopters. The center will be opened in 2016.
Under this agreement Peru may offer MRO services to other operators of Mi-17/171 helicopters in the region. Earlier Russia also offered Peru to carry out overhaul of Su-25 strike-fighters manufactured in USSR.