Russian Helicopters has announced the completion of Mi-8AMTSh-V helicopters upgrade.
The developments are part of the state defence order to replace components with domestic-made equipment and reduce dependence on foreign suppliers.
Built at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the modernisation works on the Mi-8AMTSh-V helicopters was carried out with a focus on import substitution and are intended for delivery to the Russian Air Force.
Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said: "We understand the importance of being as independent as possible from foreign-made components and units in the machines we deliver under the State Defence Order and are focusing on this area of activity.
"Further, the results of this work on the Mi-8AMTSh-V testify to the fact that using Russian-made equipment allows us to significantly improve the helicopter’s flight capabilities."
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The entire fleet of Mi-8AMTSh-V helicopters are now fitted with the latest Russian-made equipment, including VK-2500-03 engines produced by United Engine Corporation’s Klimov.
Upgrades made to the helicopters include replacing the Ukrainian-made AI-9V auxiliary power units (APUs) with the Russian-made TA-14 from SPE Aerosila and an on-board satellite navigation suite which is compatible with Russia’s GLONASS and GPS. They also feature Russian weather radar systems offering a 3D image of weather formations and objects.
The high-power TA-14 APU improves the helicopter’s operational capabilities in mountainous terrain, from independent bases. Russian weather radar systems installed on the helicopters also offer 3D images of weather formations and objects.
These improvements are expected to offer the crew with in-flight comfort and safety, as well as added convenience.
In order to enhance the helicopter’s combat resilience, the latest Russian-made ceramo-metallic armour, which weighs less than steel armour, has also been used.
Image: The export version of Russian Mi-8AMTSh-V helicopter is designated as Mi-171SH. Photo: courtesy of JSC, Russian Helicopters.