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Russia's Far East Air Regiment receives new Mi-8AMTSh helicopters

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World Defense & Security News - Russia
 
 
Russia's Far East Air Regiment receives new Mi-8AMTSh helicopters
 
An Eastern Military District army aviation regiment based in the Primorye Territory in Russia’s Far East has received six Mil Mi-8AMTSh and Mi-8AMTSh-V helicopters, the Russian Pacific Fleet’s press office said on January 10, 2018.
     
Russia Far EastAir Regiment receives new Mi 8AMTSh V helicopters 640 001One of the six Mi-8AMTSh/-V delivered on Wednesday to the Far East Army Aviation Regiment
(Credit: Russian MoD)
     
"An Eastern Military District army aviation regiment based in the Primorye Territory in Russia’s Far East has received five advanced Mi-8AMTSh transport/attack helicopters and one Mi-8AMTSh-V rotorcraft," the press office said.

"The crews flew from the Ulan-Ude Aircraft Plant to the airbase. The helicopters covered a total distance of more than 2,000 kilometers [1,243 miles]," the press office added.

The Mi-8AMTSh transport/attack helicopter is an upgraded version of the Mi-8 (NATO reporting name: Hip) military transport rotorcraft. The Mi-8AMTSh helicopter is designed to eliminate the enemy’s military hardware, including armored vehicles, weapon emplacements and manpower.

The Mi-8AMTSh helicopter’s ammunition load comprises both unguided and precision-guided weapons, in particular, the 9M120 Ataka (AT-9 Spiral-2) or 9M114 Shturm (AT-6 Spiral) antitank missiles.

The helicopter is capable of carrying 37 paratroopers, 12 stretches with wounded personnel or 4 tons of cargo. The Mi-8AMTSh helicopter can also carry out search-and-rescue and evacuation operations.

The helicopter is powered by two VK-2500 higher-power engines. The helicopter is equipped with a defensive suite.

The cabin of the advanced helicopter has multifunction displays showing digital terrain maps and state-of-the-art navigation and flight equipment compatible with the GPS and GLONASS global positioning systems.

The Mi-8AMTSh helicopter also features an extended service life, which allows spending far less on its maintenance during the term of its operation.

Unlike the baseline version, the Mi-8AMTSh-V helicopter has new VK-2500-03 higher-power gas-turbine engines with an automatic control system, a higher-power auxiliary power plant, a reinforced transmission system and upgraded avionics.
     
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