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#1894 Czech Air Force - Mil Mi-171Sh Hip-H (9767)

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Mil Mi-171Sh Hip-H (9767) from the Czech Air Force at the Czech International Air Fest 2005, Brno-Tuřany (Czech Republic)

The Mil Mi-17 (NATO reporting name "Hip") is a Russian helicopter in production at two factories in Kazan and Ulan-Ude.
It is a medium twin-turbine transport helicopter. There are also armed gunship versions. 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 (left) 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 a bleed air valve outlet is present forward of the exhaust.

Actual model numbers vary by builder, engine type, and other options. 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.

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