31-Aug-2021 Source: Russian Helicopters
The Kazan Helicopter Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) was visited by a delegation from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation headed by Sergei Shoigu within the framework of a visit to the Republic of Tatarstan. The Russian Defense Minister was shown a modernized version of the Mi-8MTV-5-1 helicopter in service with the Russian army. The updated machine – Mi-8MTV-5M – meets the modern requirements of the army aviation.
On the Mi-8MTV-5M helicopter, work on import substitution has been completed, additional equipment has been installed to expand its functionality, the onboard radio-electronic equipment has been replaced with a more modern one: a multifunctional display, a digital autopilot have appeared, a modern communications complex and an auxiliary power unit TA-14 of domestic production have been installed.
“The further plans for the modernization of the Mi-8/17 series helicopters for military transport versions supplied to various customers are to improve flight performance through the use of a new carrier system. The vehicles will be equipped with Mi-38 helicopter blades and an X-shaped tail rotor. At the design stage of the blades for the Mi-38, they were tested at the G8, so this technical solution has already been tested and will be introduced into the series, “said Aleksey Belykh, Managing Director of the Kazan Helicopter Plant .
The Mi-8MTV-5M is capable of performing night flights in a group using night vision goggles, and its navigation and weather monitoring systems are integrated into a single information field. The modern communications complex is unified with all supplied helicopters in the interests of the Russian Ministry of Defense, and provides the function of data exchange between helicopters. Helicopters Mi-8MTV-5-1, which are in operation, can be modified to the appearance of the modernized Mi-8MTV-5M.
Sergei Shoigu was also reported on the progress of production of one of the two Mi-38 helicopters for the RF Ministry of Defense – the contract for the supply of aircraft was signed during the Army-2020 International Military-Technical Forum in the Patriot Park near Moscow.
In addition, Tatarstan participants of the competition “Personnel for the digital industry. Creation of complete design solutions in the” Cyberdrom “competition mode were also presented to Sergei Shoigu. training KNITU-KAI, took first place in the semifinals of the competition, which took place on the fields of the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2021 in July.The final of the competition will be held in October, in Gelendzhik.