Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters, used by the Russian Ministry of Defence for transporting troops, monitoring, as well as search and rescue operations in the Far North, have completed 2,500 hours of total flight time.
“The Ministry of Defense has several Mi-8AMTSh-VA arctic helicopters on combat duty. The helicopters have been repeatedly used to carry out operations in the regions of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, and Kamchatka. They have proven themselves as reliable and effective aircraft, capable for up to 30 days of autonomous basing at extremely low temperatures,” said Anatoly Serdyukov, the Aviation Cluster Industrial Director of Rostec.
Built by the Russian JSC Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (part of the Rostec), the Mi-8AMTSh-VA twin-engine helicopter was inducted into the Arctic units of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation in November 2015. The operating experience and various improvements with Mi-8AMTSh-VA have been used to create a first civilian Mi-8AMT helicopter with a similar set of optional equipment for use in Arctic environmental conditions.
Mi-8AMTSh-VA, which was built using composite materials, features five-blade main rotors and a three-blade tail rotor. Its tricycle landing gear enables safe landing on difficult terrains.
The helicopter is based on the Mi-8AMTSh-V military transport helicopter, a modernised variant of the Mi-8AMTSh helicopter. Among the main design features of Mi-8AMTSh-VA is the presence of a unique heating system for the oil system and transmission units, allowing the helicopter engines to startup even at temperatures as low as -60 ° C.
Powered by two Klimov VK-2500-03 turboshaft engines and enhanced gears, the Mi-8AMTSh-VA Arctic helicopter can operate in challenging weather conditions of the Arctic and the Far North. It is capable of executing several missions such as ambulance, transportation and landing operations, aerial reconnaissance and targeting, and search and rescue. It can also be used by oil and gas companies in offshore exploration activities.
The helicopter carries four additional fuel tanks, which enable flying over a range of 1,300km. It also features a TA-14 auxiliary power unit with an improved thrust to provide enough power to the onboard heating systems. The maximum speed of the helicopter is approximately 250km/h.
The Arctic helicopter comes with a maximum take-off weight of 13,000kg, the helicopter can accommodate up to 36 persons, whilst transporting up to 12 wounded on stretchers in ambulance configuration.
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