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The Defense Ministry received six MI-17 choppers from Russian state company JSC Rosoboronexport in a handover ceremony on Friday morning.
The ceremony, held at Pondok Cabe Airport, Tangerang, West Java, was attended by Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Indonesian Army chief Gen. Pramono Edhie Wibowo, Indonesian Military chief Adm. Agus Suhartono and Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Alexander Ivanov.
Purnomo said the MI-17 choppers were multi-purpose. “The choppers can carry up to 3 tons in weight or 36 people. The choppers are fit to be used both for military operations and humanity charity in disaster areas,” he said.
He said he expected the choppers would be well maintained. “US$ 56 million of the state budget was used to buy the choppers,” he said.
Pramono added that the choppers would support the Army in protecting border areas.
Ivanov said the Russian government was cooperating with Indonesia to strengthen its defense industry.
Last year Indonesia bought six MI-17 choppers.