Serial production of the heavy military transport helicopter Mi-26T2V will begin in the first half of 2021 after the end of state tests. This was announced by Andrey Boginsky, CEO of the Russian Helicopters holding.
Our first task today is to complete tests under the contract concluded with the Ministry of Defense of the Mi-26T2V in order to receive the letter "O1" in the first half of next year (start of mass production - approx.). Joint flight tests are underway
- declared Boginsky.
Also, according to him, the issue of creating an Arctic version of the Mi-26 is currently being worked out. Work on the Arctic option is planned to begin after the completion of work on the Mi-26T2V.
As soon as we complete work on the Mi-26T2V, we will more closely move on to this stories... We also showed this idea to colleagues from the Ministry of Emergencies. Our task is to try to unify the looks for the military and the Ministry of Emergencies
- said the general director of the holding.
At the end of December last year, Boginsky said that the factory tests of the Mi-26T2V helicopter were completed successfully and state tests are beginning, which will last throughout 2020 and will take place at four test ranges. A mixed crew of representatives of the holding and the Ministry of Defense will take part in the tests.
As previously reported, the first flight of the upgraded Mi-26T2V helicopter took place in August 2018, and preliminary tests, which confirmed the characteristics of the vehicle, were completed in January 2019.
The new Mi-26Т2В helicopter differs from the basic Mi-26 model by the presence of an integrated on-board radio-electronic equipment complex, which is able to automatically perform en-route flight, exit to a predetermined point, landing approach, as well as preparatory maneuvering and return to the main or alternate aerodromes. In addition, the helicopter is equipped with a digital aerobatic complex, an onboard defense complex "Vitebsk".
With a maximum take-off weight of up to 56 tons, the helicopter can lift 20 tons of cargo into the air, both inside the cabin and on the external sling. The Ministry of Defense intends to purchase at least 10 Mi-26T2V.