Details about the Indian CDS Bipin Rawat’s Helicopter MI-17 V5? Crash History of the MI-17.

Indian CDS Bipin Rawat’s death:

General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), died on Wednesday when an IAF chopper he was aboard crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris district. The incident also claimed the lives of his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others, according to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

MI-17 Helicopter:

Mil Mi-17 is a Russian military helicopter family built by the Soviet Union and manufactured in two factories in Kazan and Ulan-Ude. In Russian service, it is known as the Mi-8M series. The helicopter is primarily employed as a medium twin-turbine transport helicopter, with an armed gunship version available. Currently around 150 countries are using the MI-17 Helicopter for their Army, Airforce, Navy and also in different rescue organizations and operations.


MI-17 V5:

These helicopters are designed to transport products and machinery weighing up to 4 tons and are available with rocket or cannon weaponry as an option. The lighting in the cockpit has been changed to accommodate night vision goggles, and the communication systems have been updated.

MI-17 in India:

On December 15, 2008, it was reported that India had placed an order for 80 Mi-17V-5 helicopters costing $1.375 billion, which would be delivered between 2011 and 2014 to the Indian Air Force to replace aged Mi-8 helicopters. India was rumored to be planning to acquire another 59 Mi-17s in August 2010. As of February 2016, all 151 helicopters had been delivered.

MI-17 crash history in India:

  1. A Mi-17 of the Indian Air Force crashed in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, India, on November 19, 2010, killing all 12 persons on board.
  2. A Pawan Hans Mi-172 exploded in flames seconds before landing in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India, on April 19, 2011, killing all 17 persons on board.
  3. Two Indian Air Force Mi-17s collided at Jamnagar, Western India, on August 30, 2012, killing nine persons.
  4. A Mi-17V-5 of the Indian Air Force crashed on June 25, 2013, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.
  5. An Indian Air Force Mi-17 cargo helicopter crashed at Kedarnath on April 3, 2018. Everyone onboard made it out alive.
  6. A Mi-17 of the Indian Air Force crashed in Budgam, Jammu and Kashmir, on February 27, 2019, killing six people on board and one civilian on the ground.

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