Laos Receives Four Mi-17 Helicopters


Russian Helicopters, part of the Rostec State Corporation, has completed its first service contract to the Lao Ministry of Defence, transferring four repaired Mi-17 helicopters at an official handover ceremony on Wednesday.

The ceremony was held at the Vientiane air base and was presided over by Lao Deputy Minister of Defence, Phouvong Vongphom, who inspected the helicopters.

A crew from the Lao Air Force made a demonstration flight in the repaired helicopter during the event.

“We prepared an offer to repair another batch of Mi-17 type helicopters at the request of the Lao party. I hope the decision will be made shortly,” said CEO of Russian Helicopters, Andrei Boginsky.

The two sides held talks on supplies of new aircraft and continuation of cooperation in service and maintenance of earlier deliveries.

The Lao aircraft fleet includes over 20 civil and military helicopters. Laos operates Ka-32T helicopters in addition to the Mi-8/17 type.

Photo: Aero Laos