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.

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“Russian Helicopters’ subsidiary Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant is currently building a prototype of the new Mi-26T2V.”

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.