Government of Balochistan has concluded a contract with Russian Helicopters for a Mi-171 civil helicopter, reported Russian news agency Tass on Monday.
"The helicopter is expected to be handed over in the first half of 2017," the Russian company said.
"The helicopter will have 14 VIP seats and 26 seats for other passengers. In case of medical emergencies, the seats can be replaced with 14 stretchers," said a senior official of Balochistan's finance department while confirming the development.
He added the helicopter costs $15.2 million and confirmed the aircraft will be delivered by mid-February.
The provincial government is expected to employ the helicopter for passenger and cargo transportation, medical sorties, and emergency response.