[electronic translation] Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Alexei Krivoruchko visited the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the State Corporation Rostec). At the enterprise, he checked the production progress of the new Mi-8AMTSh-VN helicopter. The supply of helicopters to the troops is scheduled to begin in 2021.
At the moment, flight tests of a prototype Mi-8AMTSh-VN are underway at the National Helicopter Engineering Center named after ML Mil and NI Kamova (NTSV “Mil and Kamov”).
Mi-8AMTSh-VN – a helicopter for providing special operations became a sensation of the international aviation and space salon MAKS-2017. At the Army-2019 forum, a contract was signed with the Russian Ministry of Defense for the supply of 10 Mi-8AMTSh-VN helicopters in a special design.
The Mi-8AMTSh-VN helicopter can perform a wide range of tasks: from transport and landing to fire support during special missions. The technical appearance of the modernized Mi-8AMTSh-VN helicopter was formed taking into account the experience of the combat use of helicopters. The helicopter is equipped with “high-altitude” engines of increased power. The basis of the new carrier system of the helicopter is a propeller with composite blades of a modern aerodynamic profile. This allows to increase maneuverability, flight speed and thrust-to-weight ratio, to obtain new characteristics when working in the most difficult climatic conditions. The Mi-8AMTSh-VN is also equipped with a more efficient X-shaped tail rotor.
Mi-8AMTSh-VN has increased combat survivability and protection, which are provided by the onboard defense system, titanium alloy armor covering the cockpit and vital units. Lightweight aramid armor also covers the landing in the cargo compartment. Two sliding doors on the sides and additional hatches enable ultra-fast disembarkation. In addition, the helicopter has an improved armament system.