Arctic Version of Mi-8AMTSh Helicopter Joins Russian Air Force
12:30 19.03.2016(updated 15:17 19.03.2016)
The first Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopter, adapted for freezing Arctic weather conditions, has been delivered to the Russian Armed Forces by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant in southeastern Russia, Zvezda TV reported on Friday.
According to Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov, 13 Mi-8AMTSh assault/transport helicopters, including one adapted for flights in the Arctic, have already been supplied by the Ulan-Ude plant.
The Mi-8AMTSh-VA is fitted with powerful engines, an ice-protection system, and ski landing gear designed to tackle sub-zero conditions up to minus 40 degrees Celsius as well as extreme weather hazards.
The Mi-8AMTSh-VA is a "northern" version of the famous Mi-8AMTSh Terminator, which, in turn, is a dedicated armored assault variant of the Mi-8AMT helicopter. Its armament is derived from Mi-24 gunship.
The Mi-8AMTSh-VA is powered by a pair of gas-turbine engines with a reinforced transmission and boasts multiple navigation systems.
The helicopter employs an advanced cabin-heating system used on spaceships.
The maximum range with main and auxiliary fuel tanks is 1,300 kilometers.
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