PRESIDENT JOHN MAHAMA COMMISSIONS FOUR MI-171Sh TERMINATOR HELICOPTERS INTO GHANA AIR FORCE INVENTORY

GHANA NEWS AGENCY
Saturday 5th January, 2013
Accra, Jan. 05

President John Dramani Mahama on Saturday commissioned four new MI-171 SH Helicopters with the assurance that
government would provide all the
logistics for the military to execute their domestic and international assignments. He also commissioned an ultra-modern logistics warehouse for maintenance and preservation of all the necessary equipment for the helicopters at the Ghana Air Force Base.

President Mahama said the arrival of the four helicopters formed part of government’s retooling exercise for the military to protect the territorial waters of Ghana and to play a leading peacekeeping role on the African continent and beyond.

The MI-171SH helicopter, which was manufactured by Rosoboronexporters of Russia, has a normal weight of 11,100 kilogrammes with a maximum of 13,000 kilogrammes, a main tank capacity of 610 kilometres with the main and external tank capacity of 1065 kilometres. The helicopter, when converted into a troop carrier version, can transport a maximum of 34 fully equipped soldiers and carry a total of 4000 kilogrammes weight when converted into a cargo version. As an ambulance, the MI 171 SH Helicopter can carry 12 cases on stretchers and transport 3,500 litres of water for fire fighting when fitted with a ‘bambi’ bucket.

President Mahama said the helicopter, which was capable of performing search and rescue operations at a hover whilst lifting weights of up to 300kilogrammes, was a multi-purpose armoured military helicopter that would engage the Air Force staff throughout the year. He said the arrival of the helicopters would also save government the embarrassment of having to hire private helicopters for presidential official assignments.

“I can assure you that the perennial resignation of the Air Force pilots to join private companies will also end as a result of these helicopters,” he said. Lieutenant General Joseph Henry Smith, Minister of Defence, said the helicopters had a package of training the staff of the Air Force and they would take advantage to provide more capacity building for them. He said the helicopters were fitted with exhaust that could suppress warfare measures and advised the staff to make maximum use of the facility.

Mr Vladmir V. Barbin, Russian Ambassador to Ghana, said Russia had over the years enjoyed good relations with Ghana and the current transaction would further strengthen their relationship with mutual respect and trust.

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6 Responses to PRESIDENT JOHN MAHAMA COMMISSIONS FOUR MI-171Sh TERMINATOR HELICOPTERS INTO GHANA AIR FORCE INVENTORY

  1. beegeagle says:

    Congratulations to the Ghana Air Force. It has been a great ten-month spell dating back to March 2012.

    Over the corresponding period, the Ghanaians have received

    – two new CASA C295 planes
    – three DA42 MPP surveillance aircraft
    – now these four Mi-171Sh

    On order are

    – an Embraer E190 troop transport plane

    – four Harbin Z-9 utility helicopters, paid for by the Ghana Gas Company.

    The GAF took delivery of four Mi-17-V5 helicopters around 2004. They lost one in a crash whilst it was ferrying the remains of a deceased military service chief.

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/ghana-air-force-mi-17-v5-helicopters-in-pictures/

    BACKGROUNDER

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/ghana-air-force-take-delivery-of-first-casa-c295-military-airlift-plane/

  2. Cutievik says:

    Congrats Black stars,your progres

  3. K'yall Kelvins says:

    A bloody merry please, not too spicy. I once scrolled through the archives and came across a heated debate about a lady named Afua. Quite fortunate for her this time round, i assume. She has a punch line now, hehe! Thumps up GAF.

  4. jimmy says:

    congratulations to the GAF. A well equipped GAF means stability in West Africa

  5. Spirit says:

    This is definitely great! It will enhance the capacity of GAF to support GN in maritime patrol and protection of EEZ.It will also boost Ghana,s peformance in PKO.
    Thanks so much Mr President, but GAF still needs more.

  6. wocon45 says:

    I can imagine the relief on the faces of officers and men of the GAF. Congrats you deserve it…AHOYAYA!

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