Pakistan received a Mi-171E non-combat helicopter from Russian firm

Vastavam web:  Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province has received a Mi-171E non-combat helicopter from a Russian firm, the second such chopper delivered to the country this year, a media report has said.The Mi-171 is a civilian variant of the Mi-17 military cargo helicopter, which is already in service in the Pakistan Army.In the case of a medical emergency, the chopper can be used as an ambulance as it has the capacity to carry 14 stretchers if seats are replaced.

Russian Helicopters made the helicopter supply contract with the government of Balochistan province in December 2016.The helicopter was built in the convertible option. The helicopter cabin can be converted from a freight one to a VIP cabin with 13 seats and a flight attendant at customer s option within the short period.The Mi-17 is widely used across the world due to its reliability and ability to operate in all climates and could be used by the provincial government to transport cargo or passengers or as an emergency response aircraft. Russian Helicopters has sold Mi-171E helicopters to several countries, including China.Balochistan has also been facing insurgency by Baloch nationalists and Islamist militants