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India seeks new source of engines for ageing Russian Mi-17 helicopters as supply chain problems hit

8th May 2023 - 12:00 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Delhi


With Russian supply chains disrupted, the Indian Air Force is struggling to keep its Mi-17 fleet flying. (Photo: Gordon Arthur)

India is struggling to keep Russian-origin Mi-17 helicopters in the air, as spares prove difficult to source from the OEM.

Russia’s preoccupation with war in Ukraine has left the Indian Air Force (IAF) facing a critical requirement for VK-2500-03 engines and spares for its Mi-17V-5 helicopters. Shephard has learned that less than 30% of Mi-17s and upgraded V-5s are airworthy.

Two expressions of interest have now been released simultaneously. One was for procurement of 25 VK-2500-03s from Indian companies. This asked for technical and financial capability, infrastructure and experience to execute the project, and will involve ‘development of facilities, certification of airworthiness/OEM certification and delivery within strict timelines’.

A senior IAF official said transfer of technology or a licence from the

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Neelam Mathews


Neelam Mathews

Neelam Mathews was born in India and completed her education in London.

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