The Indian Air Force is planning to give new life to the grounded Mi-26 helicopters. India is also thinking of signing the pact for the overhaul of helicopters with Russia.
At present, India has 3 Mi-26 helicopters, two of which are currently grounded in Chandigarh with 126 Helicopter Unit. They have already clocked their full flying hours and can’t be flown more due to lack of spares and repairs. One is still operational to carry out logistic support tasks.
India procured them in the 1980’s to meet the requirements of logistics support for the troops stationed in far away areas. The Mi-26 is currently the largest helicopter in the world with the capability of carrying loads of up to 20 tons. India at the same time is also procuring Chinook multi-role helicopters from the US.