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Russia receives two more Mi-8AMTSh-VA choppers for Arctic operations.

| 2017
World Defense & Security News - Russia
Russia receives two more Mi-8AMTSh-VA choppers for Arctic operations
The Russian Helicopters Holding of Rostec State Corporation handed over to the Russian Defense Ministry two helicopters Mi-8AMTSh-VA for Arctic operations ahead of schedule. The gala ceremony took place at the Ulan-Ude Aircraft Works of the holding.
Russian Helicopters' Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopter
(Credit: Russian Helicopters)
"The technical solutions used in the Arctic helicopter Mi-8AMTSh-VA can be used both in the interests of the defense ministry and in civilian projects. At present some solutions designed for the Arctic helicopter are being introduced into civilian aircraft," Russian Helicopters Director General Andrei Boginsky said at the ceremony.

Key upgrades of the helicopter against the basic option comprise improved heat sealing, the latest piloting, navigational and radio communication equipment (including inertial navigation system operating in the absence of satellite signals), unique patented engine and transmission heat-up system providing for quick start-up of helicopter engines at temperatures lower than minus 40 degrees Centigrade, and expanded left sliding door with the SLG-300 winding engine.

The Mi-8AMTSh-VA has been developed based on the latest modification of the Mi-8AMTSh-V military transport helicopter, which boasts new Klimov-made VK-2500-03 turboshaft engines, a more powerful TA-14 auxiliary power unit and an upgraded avionics suite.

Mi-8AMTSh-VA can fly for major distances as it can have four additional fuel tanks. During a test flight with the additional fuel tanks the helicopter covered over 1400 kilometers without refueling.

The contract for the supply of Arctic helicopters was signed with the Russian Defense Ministry in February 2016. Other Russian law enforcement agencies are displaying interest in the craft.
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