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NEW DELHI, February 20 (Itar-Tass) — India plans to buy 71 Russian Mi-17B-5 helicopters, including twelve for the Ministry of Home Affairs, the local newspaper Business Standard reported on Monday.
A source close to India’s Ministry of Defence told Itar-Tass the talks on the purchase of a new batch of helicopters really took place.
On Monday the parties are expected to continue the talks on the supply of extra Mi-17B-5 helicopters not only for India’s Air Force, but also for the country’s ministries.
Earlier India’s Air Force received the first batch of Mi-17B-5 helicopters. In 2008 the two countries signed a 1.34 billion dollar contract for the purchase of 80 Russian helicopters between 2010 and 2014.
At present, Russia already supplied 21 helicopters to India. New Delhi will get another six helicopters by the end of March.
Mi-17B-5 is a modification of Mi-17 helicopter equipped with an external load sling system. It is capable of carrying troops and cargo