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Indian Air Force inducts Mi-17V5s

27th February 2012 - 16:17 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London

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The Indian Air Force has inducted the Mi-17V5 into service after the first aircraft went into operational service on 17 February.

The air force has 80 Mi-17V5s on order and plans to use them in humanitarian assistance, disaster relief missions and air transport operations.

The Indian examples feature a NVG-compatible glass cockpit as well as a weather radar and autopilot. Each of the aircraft can be used in the fire fighting role using a Bambi-bucket and all have been equipped with a winch giving the aircraft a SAR capability.

The air force says that with the induction of Mi-17 V5,

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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