Mi-17V-5 helicopters are extremely reliable and are the workhorses of the Air Force, several former army officers told NDTV when a helicopter with Chief of Defense Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife and several staff members on board crashed in Tamil Nadu. General Rawat and his wife were among the 13 people killed in the crash, which took place in Coonoor, a point between Coimbatore and Sulur.
The crash has left experts perplexed, saying the flight from Sulur to Wellington was uncomplicated.
Thirteen of the 14 people on board died and one was rescued alive.
The Indian Air Force has already ordered an investigation into the crash.
The Mi-17V-5 is the latest twin-engine iteration of the Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopter and is regularly used for high-altitude operations. One of the most advanced military transports that can be used in any topography and climate, it is one of the most powerful helicopters used by Indian defense forces.
India has a fairly large fleet of these helicopters that were purchased and incorporated between 2008 and 2018.
Most experts with whom NDTV spoke described him as a “very reliable, safe, stable and large” helicopter that is also used to transport VIPs, including the president and prime minister.
According to information available on the website of Rosoboronexport, the Russian weapons supplier, the helicopter is designed to “carry personnel, cargo and equipment inside the cargo cabin or in an external sling, dropping tactical air assault forces. and reconnaissance and sabotage groups, destroying ground targets and carrying the wounded. “
“Its weapons system includes unguided rockets (up to 80 80 mm S-8 unmanned aerial rockets), cannons (suspended holsters with 23 mm guns and 250 cartridges each) and small arms,” the website says. .