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Russia buys a large number of Mi-8 helicopters for its special forces

MOSCOW, (BM) – The Russian military is showing interest in buying a large batch of Mi-8AMTSh-VN military transport helicopters for the Special Operations Forces. Andrey Boginsky, general director of the Russian Helicopters holding, told Interfax on Friday, July 31, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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Earlier in July, the press service of the Russian Helicopters holding announced the start of flight tests of the Mi-8AMTSh-VN, the first stage of which is scheduled to be completed in November. In the future, two more helicopters will be connected to the flights.

The Mil plant decided to proactively develop a helicopter for the Special Operations Forces in 2017. In May 2018, the development work under the designation “Sapsan” was approved by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

In the summer of 2019, at the Army forum, a contract was signed with the Russian Helicopters holding for the supply of the first ten Mi-8AMTSh-VN troops to the troops. They should be transferred to the military by the end of 2021.

According to Rostec, the Mi-8AMTSh-VN helicopter has increased combat survivability and security, which are provided by an onboard defense system, titanium and Kevlar armor protection and other constructive measures.

Not only the crew and the most important units are protected by armor, but also the landing force in the cargo compartment. Thanks to two sliding doors and additional hatches, the capabilities of the Mi-8AMTSh-VN in terms of landing troops are significantly expanded.

The vehicle is armed with 12.7 mm machine guns. Along with small arms and cannon weapons, unguided missiles and bombs of various calibers, the helicopter can use a complex of guided missile weapons with a surveillance and targeting system, which allows it to fight air and ground targets, destroy enemy firing points and armored vehicles.

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For use in the dark, the Mi-8AMTSh-VN is equipped with a gyro-stabilized optoelectronic system, supplemented by a searchlight with an infrared spectrum, dual-band lighting equipment and adapted for the use of night vision goggles.

What do we know about the new Russian helicopter Mi-8ATMSh-VN [Mi-171Sh-VN]

The Mi-8ATMSh-VN (Mi-171Sh-VN) is the newest modification of the Mi-8/17 military transport helicopter. The updated machine is ready for flight tests and subsequent delivery to potential customers.

Its production will be deployed at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The Mi-8ATMSh-VN helicopter is designed to perform a wide range of tasks: from transport and landing to fire support for the actions of special forces.

The technical appearance of the Mi-8ATMSh-VN was formed taking into account the experience of the combat use of helicopters, including in the Syrian Arab Republic. The vehicle embodies a whole range of design features that increase the combat effectiveness and survivability of the vehicle.

The Mi-8ATMSh-VN helicopter is equipped with VK-2500-03 gas turbine engines with a modernized transmission and improved climatic characteristics and a new carrier system.

The machine is equipped with composite rotor blades with a new profile and an X-shaped tail rotor. In comparison with the previous version on the helicopter, thanks to these innovations, the cruising and maximum flight speeds have been increased to 260 and 280 km / h, respectively, as well as the maximum take-off weight to 13,500 kg. In addition, its thrust-to-weight ratio and the efficiency of using the machine in high altitude and hot climates have been increased.

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Mi-8ATMSh-VN is equipped with a new set of flight and navigation equipment. At the same time, the principle of a combination of a “glass cockpit” and reliable analog instruments was used to increase the combat survivability. The machine is equipped with a digital autopilot.

The efficiency of using the helicopter at night has been increased. The helicopter is equipped with a FLIR system, a searchlight with an infrared emitter, dual-band lighting equipment, and is adapted for the use of night vision goggles.

The combat survivability of the helicopter has also been increased. The vehicle is equipped with the President-S defense complex, which automatically recognizes the launch of missiles at the helicopter, jamming their guidance heads and ejecting false heat targets.

To protect personnel, the floor of the cockpit and cargo compartment is completely covered with removable lightweight Kevlar armor. Also, Kevlar armor is installed along the port and starboard sides to the level of the windows. To increase the survival rate of personnel in the event of a “hard landing” of the helicopter, the installation of energy-absorbing landing seats is provided.

The Mi-8ATMSh-VN helicopter has a new set of weapons. The main feature was that along with small arms and cannon weapons (for example, UPK-23-250 containers), unguided missiles (B-8V20A) and bombs of various calibers (OFAB-250), the helicopter is equipped with a guided missile weapon system with a surveillance and sighting system.

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In addition to the standard armament, the vehicle is equipped with four machine guns. Among them are three 12.7-mm “Korda”: two course and one to support the landing, as well as one 7.62-mm KVP machine gun in the rear of the helicopter.

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