The Mi-8AMTSH-VA helicopter is being intensively tested at the Russian Army Aviation Center, where combat pilots undergo rigorous training.
Colonel Vasily Kleschenko, deputy chief of the 344th Aviation Center for troop testing and flight method, told reporters that the aircraft was a success.
“The Arctic version of the Mi-8AMTSH-VA is used successfully, including for the purpose intended in the Arctic. We currently have three helicopters in service and we also continue training flight personnel from the combat units. We continued carrying out the operation and studying this aircraft in more detail. So far, it has justified itself very well – here, during training and in the North,” said Kleschenko.
The contract for the supply of helicopters to the Arctic group was signed with the Russian Ministry of Defense in February 2016.
The main improvements of the helicopter compared to the basic version are the excellent thermal insulation, the inclusion of the latest flight, navigation and radio equipment (including the inertial navigation system operating in the absence of satellite signals), a set exclusive patented motor heating and transmission to withstand temperatures of -40 ° C and below, which makes it possible to launch the helicopter’s engines operationally, as well as the presence of a wider sliding door on the left.
The Mi-8AMTSH-VA is adapted for flights over long distances: up to four additional fuel tanks can be installed in the helicopter. During the test flight with additional fuel tanks, the aircraft flew more than 1,400 kilometers without refueling.
The 344th Aviation Center, designated for combat training, was established on June 30, 1979. During that time, all types and modifications of helicopters that are in service are performed on it. The center’s test pilots “evaluate” new aircraft entering the troop, prove properties, and create manuals and guidelines for combat unit pilots.
The Russian Navy has also tested the vertical launch anti-aircraft defense system in the Barents Sea. The range of these missiles allows them to reach targets that are 150 kilometers and altitudes up to 35 kilometers.
The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Friday on its YouTube channel a video showing how the anti-aircraft missile launches from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate in the Barents Sea in the Arctic Ocean have taken place.
The shots were fired in the course of naval maneuvers aimed at testing the modernized Poliment-Redut vertical launch anti-aircraft defense system, which is installed on the frigate. The anti-aircraft missiles intercepted all the projectiles launched from a Russian North Fleet ship.
The Admiral Gorshkov frigate is the first ship of the 22350 project. The builders were tasked with creating a frigate based on new principles and equipped with the most advanced technologies, most of which had never been used before in the Navy. In total, the Russian Ministry of Defense will now have four ships of the 22350 project.
Admiral Gorshkov class frigates have a displacement of 4,500 tons, maximum speed of 29 knots, range from 4,000 nautical miles to 14 knots, and can run for up to 15 days without refueling. The warship has a garrison of 210 elements and a variety of weaponry, including a 130 mm A-192 cannon and the naval version of the Poliment-Redut anti-aircraft defense system.