Rostec Has Started Flight Tests Of The Latest Helicopter For Special Forces Mi-8AMTSh-VN
The tests will assess the aerodynamic and flight characteristics of the helicopter, maneuverability, stability, and controllability of the machine, as well as the reliability and efficiency of the weapon system and protection equipment.
"The technical appearance of the Mi-8AMTSH-VN was formed, taking into account the experience of combat use of helicopters in modern military conflicts. High-altitude engines of increased power, a new carrier system, an expanded composition of weapons, enhanced protection, and other features of the modernized helicopter increase the combat capabilities of the machine and allows it to be used for special operations in the most difficult conditions.
The first stage of testing is slated for November. In the future, two more machines of this type will be connected to flights," said Anatoly Serdyukov, Industrial Director of the Rostec State Corporation aviation complex.
The prototype helicopter, manufactured at the Ulan-Ude aviation plant and retrofitted at the Mil and Kamov national CENTER, was previously shown at major Russian industry exhibitions. The concept of the new attack transport helicopter was also highly appreciated by foreign military delegations. At the Army-2019 forum, a contract was signed with the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation for the supply of 10 Mi-8AMTSH-VN helicopters in a special version.
"The prototype of the Mi-8AMTSH-VN helicopter is currently undergoing a complex of ground and flight tests. First, the tests will be conducted at the Mil and Kamov national research CENTER, then the helicopter will be evaluated by specialized state institutions and flight centers, "said Andrey Boginsky, General Director of the Russian Helicopters holding.
The mi-8AMTSH-VN can perform a wide range of tasks: from transport and amphibious operations and fire support to support the actions of special forces. The basis of the new helicopter carrier system is an improved main rotor with all-composite blades of the modern aerodynamic layout. The use of an improved main rotor, which has a higher thrust, in combination with more powerful engines, allowed to increase traction, maneuverability, flight speed, and get new characteristics when working in high mountains and hot climates. Another important feature of the Mi-8AMTSH-VN carrier system is a more efficient X-shaped tail rotor.
The Mi-8AMTSH-VN helicopter has increased combat survivability and protection, which is provided by the onboard defense complex, titanium and Kevlar armor protection and other structural measures. The armor protects not only the crew and the most important components of the helicopter but also the landing party in the cargo cabin. Thanks to two sliding doors and additional hatches, the Mi-8AMTSH-VN's landing capabilities have been 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 is also equipped with a complex of guided missile weapons with a survey and sighting system, which allows you to fight air and ground targets, destroy enemy firing points and armored vehicles.
The new aircraft is adapted to highly efficient use in the dark. To do this, it is equipped with a gyro-stabilized optoelectronic system, supplemented by a searchlight with an infrared spectrum, dual-band lighting equipment, and adapted to the use of night vision glasses. At the same time, many combat tasks can be performed in automatic mode thanks to an integrated flight and navigation system and a digital autopilot. The Highly automated mi-8AMTSH-VN flight and navigation equipment significantly reduce the load on the crew, which increases the effectiveness of the helicopter in modern combat conditions.
Ulan-Ude aviation plant JSC is one of the production enterprises of the Russian Helicopters holding. The modern production and technological potential of the plant allow you to quickly organize the production of new types of aircraft, combine the creation of prototypes with serial production of equipment. Over 80 years of existence, the plant has built more than 8000 aircraft. Today, the plant specializes in the production of Mi-8AMT (Mi-171E), Mi-171, Mi-171A2, and Mi-8AMTSH (Mi-171SH) helicopters.
Russian Helicopters holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) is one of the world leaders in the helicopter industry and the only helicopter developer and manufacturer in Russia. The holding was established in 2007. The head office is located in Moscow. The holding includes five helicopter plants, two design bureaus, as well as companies that manufacture and service components, aircraft repair plants, and a service company that provides after-sales support in Russia and abroad. Buyers of the holding's products – the Russian defense Ministry, interior Ministry, EMERCOM of Russia, other state customers, the airline "Gazprom Avia" and UTair, major Russian and foreign companies.
Rostec State Corporation is one of the largest industrial companies in Russia. It unites more than 800 scientific and industrial organizations in 60 regions of the country. Key areas of activity are aircraft construction, radio electronics, medical technologies, innovative materials, etc. The Corporation's portfolio includes such well-known brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, UAC, Russian Helicopters, UEC, Uralvagonzavod, Shvabe, Kalashnikov Concern, and others.
Rostec is actively involved in the implementation of all 12 national projects. The company is a key supplier of Smart city technologies, engaged in the digitalization of public administration, industry, and social sectors, and develops plans for the development of 5g wireless communication technologies, the industrial Internet of things, big data, and blockchain systems. Rostec is a partner of the world's leading manufacturers, such as Boeing, Airbus, Daimler, Pirelli, Renault, etc. The Corporation's products are delivered to more than 100 countries around the world. Almost a third of the company's revenue is provided by the export of high-tech products.