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Refurbishment of IAF’s Mi-26 helicopters faces delay

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is facing delays in its plans to overhaul its fleet of three Mil Mi-26 ‘Halo’ heavy-lift helicopters and extend the platforms’ total technical life (TTL).

Official sources told Jane’s on 13 March that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi has so far not acted upon its three-year-old proposal of having the platforms shipped to the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant for refurbishment.

Two of the IAF’s Mi-26s, which are a part of the No 126 ‘Featherweights’ Helicopter Flight squadron in Chandigarh, were grounded on completion of their TTL in September 2013 and August 2014, respectively.

Wiki :
The Mil Mi-26 (Russian: Миль Ми-26, NATO reporting name: Halo) is a Soviet/Russian heavy transport helicopter. Its product code is izdeliye 90. Operated by both military and civilian operators, it is the largest and most powerful helicopter to have gone into series production.

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