CDS Death : Know all about Mi-17 chopper | Trendsfirst

08 December 2021

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Bipin Rawat along with his wife Mrs. Madhulika Rawat, and 11 others have died in a chopper crash in Tamilnadu this afternoon.

But, how come they have died? How can such an advanced helicopter crash all of a sudden? Is there something fishy? 

To answer all these questions, let's know about this helicopter first -

• This was a highly advanced Russian-made Mi-17 V5 chopper.

• It is a military transport helicopter.

• It is produced by Kazan Helicopters, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters.

• It is one of the world’s most advanced transport helicopters.

• It can also be deployed in troop and arms transport, fire support, convoy escort, patrol, and search-and-rescue (SAR) missions.

• It can fly in tropical and maritime climates, as well as desert conditions.

• The helicopter has a maximum takeoff weight of 13,000kg. It can transport either 36 armed soldiers internally or 4,500kg of load on a sling.

• Mi-17V-5 is armed with Shturm-V missiles, S-8 rockets, a 23mm machine gun, PKT machine guns, and AKM sub-machine guns. It features eight firing posts for aiming the weapons.

• The Mi-17V-5 has a maximum speed of 250km/h, and a standard range of 580km, which can be extended to 1,065km when fitted with two auxiliary fuel tanks. It can fly at a maximum altitude of 6,000m.

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