The Russian Aerospace Force’s fleet of Mi-26 helicopters is to be upgraded with modern equipment to provide flights in all complex physio-geographical and unfavourable climatic conditions.
Russian Helicopters’ subsidiary Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant is currently building a prototype of the new Mi-26T2V.
The modernised, Mi-26T2V heavy, wide-fuselage, body transport helicopter will have a carrying capacity of 20t. The updated version of the helicopter will also be operated by a crew of five members.
Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant will equip the new copter with modern integrated on-board NPK90-2 radio electronic equipment.
The NPK90-2 is capable of providing helicopter piloting day and night with automatic flight along the route, arrival to a predetermined point and landing approach, as well as pre-landing manoeuvring and returning to the main or alternate aerodromes.
The air defence system onboard the helicopter is claimed to provide protection from radio and optoelectronic guided missiles’ damage.
The Mi-26 is a twin-engine heavy transport helicopter designed for both military and civilian roles.
It can perform a number of tasks, including the transferring of military equipment, namely personnel carriers and mobile ballistic missiles, to distant locations.
The Mi-26 features eight main rotor blades and five tail rotor blades fitted above the mid-fuselage section on hump. The heavy-load carrying capacity and high cruise speed feature allow the helicopter to be economically efficient.
It is also fitted with electrically de-iced main and tail rotor blades, infrared jammers, infrared suppressors, infrared decoy dispensers and a colour-coded identification flare system for protection against ballistic missiles.