Belarusian Air Force receives first batch of Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters


The Belarusian Air Force has received six Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters from Russian Helicopters’ subsidiary, Kazan Helicopters.

The delivery forms part of the contract that was signed last year for 12 Russian-made Mi-8MTV-5s.

The transfer of the next batch of six helicopters is expected to take place next year.

The rotorcraft was transferred to the personnel of the 50th combined airbase of the air force, Russian Helicopters said in a statement.

Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said: “We maintain constant business contacts with military and civilian agencies of that country.

“Helicopters supplied to the Belarusian Ministry of Defense have repeatedly demonstrated their high-performance flight characteristics, have the newest equipment and are capable of solving a wide range of tasks.”

During the event, military pilots demonstrated the capabilities of the Russian machines, the statement said.

The Mi-8MTV-5 multirole helicopters are used in medical and search-and-rescue operations, as well as cargo and passenger transportation.

"Helicopters supplied to the Belarusian Ministry of Defense have repeatedly demonstrated their high-performance flight characteristics, have the newest equipment and are capable of solving a wide range of tasks."

To date, more than 12 thousand helicopters of the Mi-8/17 series have been produced and delivered to 100 countries.

The Mi-8/17 type helicopters have been proven suitable for performing tasks in any climatic conditions and are justifiably the most numerous and one of the world’s best in their class, according to the company.

Russian Helicopters has five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair.


Image: A Mi-8 transport helicopter. Photo: courtesy of J-P Kärnä.