Peruvian Ministry of Defense plans to purchase 8 more Mi-171Sh multi-role helicopters, Lenta.ru reports with reference to Jane's.
These helicopters will be used to fight drug traffic and for counterinsurgency operations against the Shining Path insurgent group in the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene River (VRAE). The date of contract signing is unknown.
It was reported earlier that under a contract signed in December 2013 Peruvian air forces will take delivery of the first 8 Mi-171Sh helicopters in November 2014. A total of 24 Mi-171Sh helicopters worth $406 million will be delivered to Peru under this agreement. The remaining vehicles will be delivered to the customer in 2015. Over the next several years Peru plans to expand its Mi-171Sh helicopters fleet to 38 ones.
Moreover, the MRO center responsible for maintenance and repair of Russian-produced helicopters will be opened in Peru in 2016. The cost of this project is $180 million. The center is being established in the network of an offset agreement (part of the contract for delivery of 24 helicopters of the type to Peru). After 2016 Peru will be able to offer MRO services to other operators of Mi-17/171 helicopters in the region.