The state enterprises of Ukraine-based Ukroboronprom have teamed up to launch the production of flexible fuel tanks for the Mi-24 helicopter under the framework of an import substitution programme.
The company has joined forces with the Ukrainian Research Design-Engineering Institute of Elastomer Materials and Products and the Ukroboronprom subsidiary Aviakon, also known as the Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant.
According to Ukroboronprom, the Ukrainian Research Design-Engineering Institute of Elastomer Materials and Products has developed the technology and specialised equipment, as well as optimised the production of flexible fuel tank kits for the Mi-24.
The fuel system of the Mi-24 helicopter has five flexible rubber tanks.
Tests conducted on the flexible fuel tanks have demonstrated compliance with the normative and operational documentation.
Mi-24’s flexible fuel tanks are currently undergoing trials while the use of tanks for aviation equipment is under discussion.
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The new fuel tanks will be manufactured to enable the replacement of the regular heavyweight fuel tanks that are prone to damage.
The use of the newly developed flexible fuel tanks is expected to help support and increase the operational capability of the Ukrainian military equipment.
The specialists of the Ukroboronprom enterprises are currently using their experience to develop additional flexible fuel tanks for other types of aviation equipment.