Mi-8/171 type helicopters will receive additional reservation for the landing compartment

Mi-8/171 type helicopters will receive additional reservation for the landing compartment

Airborne transport helicopters of the Mi-8/171 type will receive additional reservation for the airborne compartment. This decision was made after testing this type of machine in combat in the Syrian Arab Republic. About this in an interview with the magazine "Russian Helicopters" said the managing director of the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant Leonid Belykh.


Belykh explained that according to the results of tests of the Mi-8 transport assault helicopters and its modifications in real combat conditions in Syria, the military put forward requirements for improving the helicopter's design to save lives. One of the solutions to this problem will be additional reservation of the helicopter landing compartment.

(...) we tested our cars in Syria, and in real combat conditions certain issues emerged. The military is making new demands in the next contract. Behind all this is the need to save people's lives. Now, for example, we will introduce armor to the landing cockpit of helicopters. (...)

- he said.

In addition, according to Belykh, options for Mi-8 type helicopters with an improved weapon system and flight performance are being developed.

Mi-8 (according to the NATO classification of Hip) is a Soviet and Russian multi-purpose helicopter created by the Mil Design Bureau in the early 60s of the last century. He entered the arsenal of the Soviet army in 1967, is in service with more than 50 countries of the world and is the most massive twin-engine helicopter in the world, and also one of the most popular helicopters in stories aviation.

To date, the designers have created about 130 modifications of this helicopter, including export options.
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  1. bessmertniy 25 December 2019 13: 41 New
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    It is necessary to save people, and not to reduce the performance characteristics of the machine. The task, of course, is a serious one. hi
    1. Borik 25 December 2019 13: 45 New
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      It is necessary to save people, and not to reduce the performance characteristics of the machine. The task, of course, is a serious one. hi


      But how can they not be reduced if the armor is hung? They will definitely go down. We simply do not have more powerful engines to compensate for the increased weight.
    2. Obi-Wan Kenobi 25 December 2019 13: 51 New
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      It is necessary to save people, and not to reduce the performance characteristics of the machine. The task, of course, is a serious one.

      There are no miracles in the world.
      Fewer people will be on board.
      1. bessmertniy 25 December 2019 13: 53 New
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        Well, you can take no less people, but easier. Any kind of no, but a way out. what
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        2. Obi-Wan Kenobi 25 December 2019 14: 19 New
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          Distracted, so the thought did not finish.
          Something is still taking less. Either people, or fuel, or ammunition.
          It all depends on the task or, as the buzzword is now, mission.
          1. BARKAS 25 December 2019 15: 04 New
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            They simply refuse the standard external suspension and all or simply do not use it.
    3. lucul 25 December 2019 14: 32 New
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      It is necessary to save people, and not to reduce the performance characteristics of the machine. The task, of course, is a serious one.

      The answer is composites, composites, and again composites. Salvage in research needs to be swollen nemeryanno, but everything will pay off more than .....
      This is about how in 1910 to begin to carry out the electrification of industry))))
  2. Nikolaevich I 25 December 2019 13: 51 New
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    Most likely they will use "armor" using Kevlar, VM-polyethylene, "light" ceramics ... But anyway ... it is desirable to put the engine more powerful ...
  3. evgen1221 25 December 2019 14: 00 New
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    Do not upgrade as a well-deserved car, but you still need to make a new one.
    1. Donald72 25 December 2019 14: 12 New
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      Build a new MI-X. New avionics, new engines, pot-bellied roomy fuselage. Put in the parking lot, and next to MI-8 is the last midfielder. And they will turn a turnip and where are the differences. laughing
  4. basmach 25 December 2019 14: 28 New
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    Fifty-one to the turntable, and only now they realized that the transport and combat landing compartment should be armored. As if he hadn’t fought anywhere.
  5. Donald72 25 December 2019 14: 29 New
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    In general, there, most likely, they will only be protected from conventional small arms, and not even solid. The bottom and part of the wall. Mozh and not so hard. And MI-8 is not the weakest in its class.
  6. saygon66 25 December 2019 14: 58 New
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    - They’ll put armored ladles for the landing ... Yes, I would have to remove the tank from there - to the devil in the same place.
  7. Alexey-74 25 December 2019 15: 13 New
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    Modern composite materials are quite capable of solving this problem. And the life of people is above all.
  8. John22 25 December 2019 16: 46 New
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    It is strange that after the Afghan military did not raise the issue of protecting the cargo compartment. For a long time already it is necessary to close a cabin and fuel tanks with a Kevlar.
  9. DMB-2020 25 December 2019 19: 13 New
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    There is no need to add extra weight in the form of armor, this will aggravate the situation with hard landing for Mi-8/171 helicopters.
    Today, another such Mi-8 airline "Krasavia" made a hard landing with rollover and injured in the area of ​​the village of Baikit (Evenki district of Krasnoyarsk Territory). Only about this have not yet written here in the news. In general, according to the chronology of accidents and catastrophes with helicopters of this type in Russia, since the beginning of 2018, 15 such accidents were recorded (taking into account the state of emergency on December 25, 2019), including six accidents, which killed 36 people in total.
    Do not book this helicopter, but completely redo it!