The newest transport and combat helicopter Mi-8AMTSh-VN entered the flight test stage. This was announced by Andrey Boginsky, General Director of the Russian Helicopters holding.
According to Boginsky, the new helicopter has started the flight phase. At the same time, active work is underway on a new helicopter locator.
Active work is underway on the new locator in order to put it on the series by autumn
- he said.
In turn, the industrial director of the Rostec aviation cluster, Anatoly Serdyukov, said that the first stage of testing is planned to be completed in November this year, in the future two more Mi-8AMTSh-VN, which are currently being built, will join the tests.
Earlier it was reported that deliveries to the Russian military department of new Mi-8AMTSh-VN special-purpose helicopters are planned to begin in 2020, but there is also other information saying that the Ministry of Defense will receive the first batch in 2020-2021.
The Mi-8AMTSh-VN helicopter is an improved version of the Mi-8/17 helicopter, created taking into account the Syrian experience. It is equipped with VK-2500-03 gas turbine engines with an upgraded transmission and improved climatic characteristics and a new carrier system. In addition, the helicopter was equipped with an updated armament, the main feature of which was the use of special suspension on the farms of two course machine guns of 12,7 mm caliber. The cockpit and main components of the helicopter are covered with titanium alloy armor, and the cockpit floor and sides up to the windows are covered with removable Kevlar armor.
A new flight and navigation equipment was installed on the helicopter. To increase the combat survivability, the principle of a combination of a "glass cabin" and reliable analog instruments has been applied. The machine is adapted for use at night.
Mi-8AMTSH-VN is equipped with the LSZ-8VN defense complex, which automatically detects the launch of missiles by helicopter, interferes with their guidance heads and emits false thermal targets.