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Russian Helicopters displays latest choppers at Army 2020

Russian Helicopters displays latest choppers at Army 2020

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 11:03
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Moscow, August 21

Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) will demonstrate a wide range of military helicopters at the International Military-Technical Forum "Army-2020" that will take place in the Moscow Region from August 23 through August 29.
The holding company's static exposition in the Patriotic Park of Recreation and Leisure “Patriot” will include upgraded transport and military helicopters Mi-35P and Mi-35M, Ka-226T light multipurpose helicopter, Mi-171Sh military and transport helicopter with increased attack capabilities and improved protection, and a mobile service center for overhaul and maintenance of Mi-8/17-type helicopters at customers' air bases.
At the Kubinka airfield, guests and participants of the forum will see Mi-28NE "Night Hunter" attack helicopter, the ship-based  Ka-52K "Alligator" helicopter, Mi-17V-5 military and transport helicopter, the modernized Mi-26T2V heavy transport helicopter, and the most modern Mi-38T transport helicopter. The holding company will present its civilian products: Mi-38 passenger helicopter with a highly comfortable cabin, and a medical version of Ansat helicopter.
Besides, in the demonstration center of Rostec State Corporation, Russian Helicopters' exposition will include the most modern blade with a sword-like edge, which improves a helicopter's performance, and a mobile service center unit, which is a 20-feet container with equipment for maintenance and repair of Mi-8/17 helicopters.
"The International Military-Technical Forum "Army" is the largest event in the Russian defense industry, at which we can show our latest designs and developments to potential Russian and foreign customers. We are constantly improving our rotorcraft, and in 2020, we are presenting a number of state-of-the-art models, which include advanced design solutions in terms of safety and increased attack capabilities of helicopters," said Director General of Russian Helicopters holding company Andrey Boginsk

New high-speed rotor blades for combat helicopters

The Russian Helicopters holding company (part of RostecState Corporation), presented new fully composite rotor blades designed to increase the maximum speed of Mi-28 and Mi-35 combat helicopters at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2020.

The blade possesses modern aerodynamic characteristics and elastic composition; it is manufactured using the technology of one-stage compression molding. It was tested as part of the flying laboratory of a new high-speed helicopter concept. 

"During the testing, the flying laboratory based on Mi-24 helicopter equipped with a set of new blades, reached a speed of more than 400 km/h without the needto change the base helicopter design. At the same time, we managed to maintain low vibration and load levels, which speaks of the high potential of this design", noted the Director General of Russian Helicopters, Andrey Boginsky.

The new rotor blades are currently undergoing factory flight tests on a Mi-28N helicopter.

Upgraded Mi-171Sh

The Russian Helicopters, for the first time, presents upgraded Mi-171SH "Storm" military transport helicopter at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2020. The helicopter, featuring enhanced protection and unique strike capabilities, was manufactured at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant.

The first flying prototype of the helicopter will be demonstrated at the forum. The presentation will also include the IBKV-17VP "glass cockpit" avionics suite and model of the new target sight system.

"Upgraded Mi-171Sh provides superior level of protection for both the crew and transported troops, thanks to titanium and kevlar armor protection, and the vehicle's strike capabilities have been expanded to include guided missile weapons, noted the Director General of the Russian Helicopters, Andrey Boginsky.Mi-171SH is prepared for the most demanding combat and climatic conditions, which is why we named it "Storm" for our foreign customers. The name symbolizes its readiness to fight the elements, and on the other hand speaks of the helicopter's flexible assault capabilities." 


Mi-171Sh "Storm" is equipped with upgraded engines, new rotor system with an improved profile composite main rotor and X-shaped tail rotor, as well as latest version of the President-S on-board aircraft defense system. The armoring effectively protects the crew and the most parts of the helicopter, as well as the troop compartment. Two sliding doors on the sides and a ramp enable ultra-fast troop deployment.

In addition, the helicopter comes with improved armament, including 12.7 mm caliber machine guns and modern guided missile weapons with the OPS-24N-1L target sight system, which allows to engage against various ground and air targets.