Russian Ministry of Defense to receive newest “Arctic” helicopters in 2015

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A modified version of the Mil Mi-8 transport helicopter, designed for Russia’s Ministry of Defense, has been prepared to venture into the Arctic and operate in up to -50 degrees Celsius.

The Russian Helicopters design and manufacturing company “is working on the new Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopter designed to be used in the Arctic and the Extreme North. The development stage is over and the rotorcraft is expected to undergo testing in the second half of 2015,” company’s CEO Alexander Mikheev said during the MAKS-2015 air show.

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

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