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Mil Mi-17

Mi-17 / Mi-8M

Warbird Picture - Afghan Mil-Mi-17s

Picture - Afghan Mil-Mi-17s

Role: Transport helicopter
Manufacturer: Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant Kazan Helicopter Plant
First flight: 1970s
Introduced: 1970s
Status: In service
Primary users: Russia ca. 60 other countries
Produced: about 12,000
Developed from: Mil Mi-8

The Mil Mi-17 (also known as the Mi-8M series in Russian service, NATO reporting name "Hip") is a Russian-designed helicopter currently in production at two factories in Kazan and Ulan-Ude. Mil Mi-8/17 is a medium twin-turbine transport helicopter that can also act as a gunship. The Soviet Union specifically designed the Mi-17 for the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

Development

Airplane Picture - Croatian Mil Mi-17

Picture - Croatian Mil Mi-17

Developed from the basic Mi-8 airframe, the Mi-17 was fitted with the larger TV3-117MT engines, rotors, and transmission developed for the Mi-14, along with fuselage improvements for heavier loads. Optional engines for 'hot and high' conditions are the 1545 kW (2070 shp) Isotov TV3-117VM. Recent exports to China and Venezuela for use in high mountains have the new VK-2500 version of the engine with FADEC control.

The designation Mi-17 is for export; Russian armed forces call it Mi-8MT. The Mi-17 can be recognized because it has the tail rotor on the port side instead of the starboard side, and dust shields in front of the engine intakes. Engine cowls are shorter than on the TV2 powered Mi-8, not extending as far over the cockpit, and an opening for bleed-valve outlet is present forward of the exhaust.

Actual model numbers vary by builder, engine type, and other options. As an example, the sixteen new Ulan Ude built machines delivered to the Czech Air Force in 2005 with -VM model engines were designated as Mi-171Sh, a development of the Mi-8AMTSh. Modifications include a new large door on the right side, improved Czech-built APU, Kevlar armor plates around the cockpit area and engines. Eight have a loading ramp in place of the usual clamshell doors, and will load a vehicle up to the size of an SUV.

Airplane Picture - Two Egyptian Mi-17 helicopters after unloading troops during an exercise.

Picture - Two Egyptian Mi-17 helicopters after unloading troops during an exercise.

In October 2007 defense-aerospace.com reported the government of Saudi Arabia had signed a contract for up to 150 Mi-35 and Mi-17 helicopters worth $2.2billion.

In May 2008 licensed production of the Mi-17 started in China, with production being led by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant JSC and the Sichuan Lantian Helicopter Company Limited in Chengdu, Sichuan province. The plant built 20 helicopters in 2008, using Russian Ulan-Ude-supplied kits; production is expected to reach 80 helicopters per year eventually. The variants to be built by Lantian will include Mi-171, Mi-17V5, and Mi-17V7.

Operational history

Service usage

Airplane Picture - Afghan National Air Corps Mi-17s take off in a formation.

Picture - Afghan National Air Corps Mi-17s take off in a formation.

The Mi-17 was used extensively by the Sri Lanka Air Force in the Sri Lankan Civil War. Seven of them were lost in combat and attacks on airports.

The Mi-17 was used by the Colombian Army in Operation Jaque.

In 2001, the Macedonian Air Force used the Mi-17 against Albanian insurgents.

The Mi-17 is also used by search and rescue teams such as the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department.

Executive Outcomes used them extensively in its operations in the Angolan Civil War.

The Mexican Navy utilizes their Mi-17s for anti-narcotic operations such as locating marijuana fields and dispatching marines to eradicate the plantations.

The Slovakian forces operate Mi-17s in Kosovo as part of KFOR.

Recent orders

On 28 October 2008 the Royal Thai Army announced a deal to buy 6 Mi-17s to meet its requirement for a medium-lift helicopter. This is the first time the Thai military has acquired Russian aircraft instead of American. Flight International quotes the Thai army’s rationale: "We are buying three Mi-17 helicopters for the price of one Black Hawk. The Mi-17 can also carry more than 30 troops, while the Black Hawk could carry only 13 soldiers. These were the key factors behind the decision."

On 15 December 2008, it was reported that India would purchase 80 Mi-17IV helicopters, which would be delivered to the Indian Air Force between 2010 and 2014 to replace aging Mi-8s. An order for a further 59 was placed in August 2010.

Airplane Picture - Macedonian Air Force Mi-17 performing a very tight low-level right turn. The power plant REK Bitola can be seen in the background.

Picture - Macedonian Air Force Mi-17 performing a very tight low-level right turn. The power plant REK Bitola can be seen in the background.

On 11 June 2009, it was announced that the United States had handed over four Mi-17 cargo helicopters to the Pakistan Army to facilitate its counter-terrorism operation. (Note - A leaked US embassy cable published on Wikileaks describes the request made by Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Kayani for additional helicopters

On 10 July 2009, it was announced that Chile would pursue talks with Russia to purchase five Mi-17 multi-role helicopters for the Chilean Air Force, despite pressure from the United States.

On 16 September 2009, US Navy's Navair delivered the last two of four Mi-17s to the Afghan National Army Air Corps. On 19 June 2010, it was announced that the US government would buy and refurbish 31 Mi-17 helicopters from Russia to supply the Afghan Army.

The US is reportedly considering adding the helicopter to the US military for Special Forces use in order to obscure troop movements. The US uses some Mi-8s and Mi-17s for training, and has purchased units for allies in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In August 2010 a contract was signed by the Argentine Air Force for two Mi-17Es, plus an option on a further three, to support Antarctic bases.

In September 2010, the Polish Defense Minister announced that his country would buy 5 brand new Mi-17 from Russia, to support Polish operations in Afghanistan.

In 2010, the Kenya Air Force purchased 3 Mi-171 Hips as medium-lift helicopters to supplement its aging fleet of IAR 300 PUMAS which had been flying for more than 20yrs.

Variants

Airplane Picture - US Army's 14th Cavalry Regiment soldiers prepare to rendezvous with Indian Army troops after exiting an Mi-17 helicopter flown by the 107th Indian Army Aviation Helicopter Unit.

Picture - US Army's 14th Cavalry Regiment soldiers prepare to rendezvous with Indian Army troops after exiting an Mi-17 helicopter flown by the 107th Indian Army Aviation Helicopter Unit.

Airplane Picture - Pakistan Army Mi-17

Picture - Pakistan Army Mi-17

Mi-8AMT
Slightly modified version of Kazan's Mi-8MTV, built in Ulan-Ude from 1991 and still powered by TV3-117VM engines although nowadays VK-2500 engines are optional. Also known as Mi-171.
Mi-8AMTSh
Armed assault version of the Mi-8AMT, can carry the same range of weapons as the Mi-24 including the "Shturm" ATGM. Fitted with a new large door on the right side (except the prototype), kevlar plates around the cockpit area and engines, and sometimes a loading ramp in place of the usual clamshell doors. Czech Republic and Croatia have ordered these types in 2005 and 2007. Bangladesh Air Force also operates Mi-171Sh as armed helicopter
Mi-8MT
Basic updated version of the Mi-8T, powered by two 1,397 kW (1,874 hp) Klimov TV3-117MT turboshaft engines. Provision for twin or triple external stores racks. The export version is known as Mi-17.
Mi-8MTV
Airplane Picture - Mexican Navy Mi-17 with RDR-1500B Radar and FLIR Star SAFIRE II

Picture - Mexican Navy Mi-17 with RDR-1500B Radar and FLIR Star SAFIRE II

Hot and High version, powered by two Klimov TV3-117VM high-altitude turboshaft engines. This type has a maximum ceiling of 6,000 m.
Mi-8MTV-1
Radar-equipped civil version of the Mi-8MTV. Russian designation of the Mi-17-1V.
Mi-8MTV-2
Improved version of the MTV-1 with enhanced armour, updated systems, an anti-torque rotor and accommodation for 30 instead of 24 troops.
Mi-8MTV-3
Military version of the Mi-8MTV-2, fitted with four instead of six weapons pylons, but the number of possible external stores combinations was increased from 8 to 24.
Airplane Picture - Mi-17 in Gulistan district, Farah province, Afghanistan

Picture - Mi-17 in Gulistan district, Farah province, Afghanistan

Mi-8MTV-5
Military utility transport helicopter, powered by two Klimov TV3-117VM turboshaft engines and equipped with a loading ramp instead of the clam-shell doors, an additional door and a new "dolphin nose".
Mi-8MTV-5-Ga
Civilian version of the Mi-8MTV-5.
Mi-8MTKO
Night attack conversion of the Mi-8MT and Mi-8MTV helicopters. Known in Belarus as Mi-8MTKO1.
Mi-8MTD
Electronic jamming version of the Mi-8MT.
Mi-8MTF
Airplane Picture - Kazakhstan Air Force Mil Mi-8MT

Picture - Kazakhstan Air Force Mil Mi-8MT

Smoke-screen laying version.
Mi-8MTG
Electronic jamming version of the Mi-8MT with "Gardenya-1FVE" single H/I-band jamming system. Export designation Mi-17PG.
Mi-8MTI (NATO - Hip-H EW5)
Electronic jamming version of the Mi-8MT with "Ikebana" single D-band jamming system. Also known as Mi-13, export designation Mi-17PI.
Mi-8MTPB (NATO - Hip-H EW3)
Electronic jamming version of the Mi-8MT with "Bizon" jamming system. Export designation Mi-17PP.
Mi-8MTPSh
Electronic jamming version of the Mi-8MT with "Shakhta" jamming system. Export designation Mi-17PSh.
Airplane Picture - Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department Mi-17-1V

Picture - Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department Mi-17-1V

Mi-8MTS
Sigint version of the Mi-8MT.
Mi-8MTR1
Electronic jamming version of the Mi-8MT.
Mi-8MTR2
Electronic jamming version of the Mi-8MT.
Mi-8MTSh1
Electronic jamming version of the Mi-8MT.
Mi-8MTSh2 (NATO - Hip-H EW4)
Electronic jamming version of the Mi-8MT.
Mi-8MTSh3 (NATO - Hip-H EW6)
Airplane Picture - Mi-17V-5

Picture - Mi-17V-5

Electronic jamming version of the Mi-8MT.
Mi-8MTT
Sigint version of the Mi-8MT.
Mi-8MTYa
Electronic jamming version of the Mi-8MT.
Mi-8MS
VIP version. Sub-variants are Mi-8MSO and Mi-8MSD.

Mi-17 (NATO - Hip-H)
Improved version of the Mi-8, powered by two Klimov TV3-117MT turboshaft engines. Basic production version.
Mi-17-1M
High altitude operations version, powered by two Klimov TV3-117VM turboshaft engines.
Mi-17-1V
Military transport, helicopter gunship version, powered by two Klimov TV3-117VM turboshaft engines. Export version of the Mi-8MTV-1.
Mi-17-1VA
Flying hospital version.
Mi-17V-3
Export version of the Mi-8MTV-3.
Mi-17V-5
Airplane Picture - Mi-171Sh

Picture - Mi-171Sh

Export version of the Mi-8MTV-5. In Canadian Forces service, the Mi-17-V5 is designated CH-178
Mi-17M
Demonstration model from 1993, served as the basis for the Mi-17MD (nowadays known as Mi-17V-5).
Mi-17MD
Initial designator of the Mi-17V-5, developed in 1995 and from 1996 fitted with a loading ramp.
Mi-17KF
Export version fitted with new avionics.
Mi-17N
Export version of the Mi-8MTKO with GOES-321M turret with LLLTV and FLIR.
Mi-17P
Export version, passenger transport helicopter.
Mi-17PG
Export version of the Mi-8MTG.
Mi-17PI
Export version of the Mi-8MTI.
Mi-17PP
Airplane Picture - Egyptian Air Force Mi-17 flies over Range A as the Combined Live fire Exercise (CALFEX) is conducted near Mubarak

Picture - Egyptian Air Force Mi-17 flies over Range A as the Combined Live fire Exercise (CALFEX) is conducted near Mubarak

Export version of the Mi-8MTPB.
Mi-17S
VIP version.
Mi-17AE
Little-known SAR and medevac version given to Poland.
Mi-17 LPZS
Specialised version for the SAR units (Leteckej Px¡tracej a Zx¡chrannej Služby) of Slovakia. Four ordered.
Mi-17Z-2 “PÅ™ehradaâ€
Czech electronic warfare version with two large canisters on each side.
Mi-18
Prototype design, a modification of the existing Mil Mi-8. Two Mi-8s were extended by 0.9 meters (3 ft), the landing gear made retractable, and a sliding door added to the starboard side of the fuselage. The Mi-18s were used in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and later used as static training airframes for pilots of the Mi-8/8MT.
Mi-19
Airborne command post version for tank and motorized infantry commanders (based on Mi-8MT/Mi-17 airframe).
Mi-19R
Airborne command post version similar to Mi-19 for commanders of rocket artillery (based on Mi-8MT/Mi-17 airframe).
Mi-171
Export version of the Mi-8AMT, built in Ulan-Ude.
Mi-171C
Chinese built variant of Mi-171 by Sichuan Lantian Helicopter Company Limited.
Mi-171Sh
Export version of the Mi-8AMTSh.
Airplane Picture - A Mexican Navy Mi-17 helicopter stands by for passengers on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), off the coast of Mississippi.

Picture - A Mexican Navy Mi-17 helicopter stands by for passengers on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), off the coast of Mississippi.

Mi-172
Civil passenger version manufactured in Kazan plant and based on the Mi-8MTV-3.

Accidents and notable incidents

In late July 2005, Garang died after the Ugandan presidential Mi-172 helicopter he was flying in crashed. He had been returning from a meeting in Rwakitura with long-time ally President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.
On 31 May 2008 a People's Liberation Army Mi-171 transport crashed in southwest Sichuan provinces with 14 onboard. It was operating mission during 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
On 19 November 2010 an Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter crashed near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, killing all 12 people on board. It had taken off from Tawang for Guwahati, and crashed about five minutes later at Bomdir. Though not confirmed, the reason is believed to be pilot error, in that, the pilots took off in less than 50 meters visibility.

Specifications (Mil-17-1V)

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003-2004

General characteristics

Crew: Three - two pilots and one engineer
Capacity: 30 troops or 12 stretchers or 4,000 kg (8,820 lb) cargo internally /5,000 kg (11,023 lb) externally slung.
Length: 18.465 m (60 ft 7 in)
Rotor diameter: 21.25 m (69 ft 10 in)
Height: 4.76 m (15 ft 7 in)
Disc area: 356 m (3,834 ft)
Empty weight: 7,489 kg (16,510 lb)
Loaded weight: 11,100 kg (24,470 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 13,000 kg (28,660 lb)
Powerplant: 2x Klimov TV3-117VM turboshafts, 1,633 kW (2,190 shp) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 250 km/h (135 knots, 155 mph)
Range: 465 km (251 nmi, 289 mi) (standard fuel)
Service ceiling: 6,000 m (19,690 ft)
Rate of climb: 8 m/s (1,575 ft/min)

Armament

up to 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) of disposable stores on six hardpoints, including bombs, rockets, and gunpods.

Related development

Mil Mi-8
Mil Mi-14
Mil Mi-38

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The initial version of this article was based on material from aviation.ru. It has been released under the GFDL by the copyright holder.

Jackson, Paul (2003). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003-2004. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-2537-5.

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