The Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter is part of a $800 million military support package for Ukraine, just announced by US President Joe Biden.
The additional military aid package worth $800 million brings the total value of Washington’s military aid to Kiev to more than $2.5 billion. The information came after a phone call between the US President and his counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
The support package includes 11 Mi-17 multi-purpose helicopters, which were prepared to be delivered to Afghanistan before the Taliban took power. Previously, the US delivered 5 Mi-17 helicopters to Ukraine at the end of January 2022.
This squadron of Mi-17 Helicopters was purchased by the US from Russia to mainly support special operations of the Afghan National Army Command.
The Mi-17 helicopter is a new variant of the legendary Mi-8 helicopter, they are equipped with a new engine with greater capacity and a reinforced airframe to meet the increased cargo load requirements.
In addition to the transport capacity, the Mi-17 can also carry rockets, machine guns and even anti-tank missiles to support ground fire, thereby turning them into heavy armed helicopters.
Mi-17 helicopter has a crew of 3; length 18,465 m; rotor diameter 21.25 m; height 4.76 m; empty weight 7,489 kg, maximum take-off weight 13,000 kg. The aircraft is equipped with 2 Klimov TV3 engines, with a range of 800 km, a ceiling of 6,000 m, and a maximum speed of up to 280 km / h. The cargo compartment of the Mi-17 helicopter can accommodate 30 fully armed soldiers. When necessary, they can carry 1,500 kg of weapons under 6 mounts including bombs, rockets, external machine guns and anti-tank missiles.
The US’s transfer of Mi-17 helicopters to Ukraine will help the country have more weapons to fight against Russia in the context of the war continues to be extremely complicated.
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Mi-17 Helicopter – Source: Defense Military
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