deals, the deputy chief of the Federal Service for Military-Technical
Cooperation said on Thursday.
This May, the United States signed a $367.5 million contract with Russia
to buy 21 Mi-17V5 military transport helicopters for the Afghan army.
“We plan to sign more deals with the United States very soon, and plan
to extend [cooperation] beyond helicopter deals,” Vyacheslav Dzirkaln
said, adding that the two countries are in search of other mutually
beneficial areas of military cooperation.
The Mi-17 is an export version of the Mi-8 Hip helicopter. Currently in
production at two factories in the Russian Volga area city of Kazan and
the East Siberian city of Ulan-Ude, it features powerful turboshaft
engines and can transport up to 35 troops.
The Mi-17V5 version is equipped with a loading ramp instead of the
clam-shell doors, an additional door and a new “dolphin nose”.