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Advanced helicopters of the RF Aerospace Forces to be tested in mountainous terrain

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Advanced helicopters of the RF Aerospace Forces to be tested in mountainous terrain

The newest promising military helicopters Mi-28NM "Night Hunter" and Mi-26T2V will be tested at high altitudes in the Elbrus region. Reported by "News" with reference to sources in the Ministry of Defense.


The Ministry of Defense has approved a test program for the Mi-28NM and Mi-26T2V helicopters in the Elbrus region. Testing of helicopters will begin before the end of the year, test vehicles will be relocated to Nalchik, the Mil and NI Kamov National Helicopter Engineering Center has already signed the relevant agreements.

In total, three helicopters will take part in the tests: the first prototype Mi-28NM OP-1, Mi-28NM with hull number 71 and Mi-26T2V with hull number 157. The first Mi-28NM has already been tested in mountainous terrain, including in Syria, but not tested in winter highlands.

It is noted that this is not the first time that the Elbrus region has been used for testing helicopters; some samples of Russian Helicopters holding equipment have already been tested there, including Ansat and Mi-171A2 helicopters.

The Mi-28NM is a highly efficient all-weather attack helicopter of a new generation, designed to perform a wide range of missions. The machine was created taking into account the combat experience of using a helicopter in Syria. At the end of September this year, Andrey Boginsky, General Director of the Russian Helicopters holding, announced the start of serial production of the upgraded Mi-28NM helicopters.

The upgraded Mi-26T2V helicopter differs from the base model Mi-26 in the presence of an integrated complex of onboard radio-electronic equipment, a digital flight system installed by the Vitebsk airborne defense complex. 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.
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  1. Pereira
    Pereira 9 December 2020 08: 57
    -4
    How many decades will these helicopters still be the latest and greatest?
    Start of operation.
    Mi-26 - 1980. 40 years. It's time to change.
    Mi-28 - 2013. Not even new anymore.
    1. Thrall
      Thrall 9 December 2020 09: 03
      +4
      There are still letters after the numbers ... smile
      1. Pereira
        Pereira 9 December 2020 09: 05
        -9
        That is, the 40-year-old Mi-26 with letters turns into the latest helicopter? Do you seriously think so?
        1. Thrall
          Thrall 9 December 2020 09: 11
          +5
          Quote: Pereira
          Do you seriously think so?

          Well, what, follow the path of the Americans with their CH-53K King Stallion costing almost as much as the F-35?
          1. Pereira
            Pereira 9 December 2020 09: 13
            -8
            Upgrade for at least 200 years. But don't say that a tuned Lada is a 21st century car.
            1. carstorm 11
              carstorm 11 9 December 2020 09: 24
              +7
              Really? here are the cars. kruzak of 1988 and 2020. compare them. modernization is a process that all equipment goes through for decades. it is specially incorporated into the design at the design stage. and yes. it turns into the newest helicopter. because technology changes daily. avionics 40 years ago and now it is not even a different level but different universes.
              1. Temples
                Temples 9 December 2020 09: 31
                -4
                The Ministry of Defense approved the test program for the Mi-28NM and Mi-26T2V helicopters

                Why is the Defense Ministry conducting tests?
                This is the manufacturer's business.
                Let the manufacturer provide a machine that meets all the requirements of the military, including reliable operation in the highlands.

                And so it turns out - you buy a pig in a poke and test it yourself.

                A promising forty-year-old helicopter. fellow

                Let the manufacturer prove and show that this old man is really promising.
                1. carstorm 11
                  carstorm 11 9 December 2020 09: 49
                  +2
                  perspective is a broad concept. it does not mean new generation. in this case, the prospect is to adopt it or something like that. as for the age, it is even funny to read. American Indian has been flying since 75. and amers it does not soar. but for some reason we should ...
                2. Souchastnik
                  Souchastnik 9 December 2020 10: 44
                  +8
                  Should the Ministry of Defense take their word for it, or should they evaluate the result obtained? For this, there are MO test centers.
              2. Senka naughty
                Senka naughty 9 December 2020 15: 45
                0
                Yes, he doesn't care about avionics, the main thing is that the new "packaging" looks like a rotorcraft of the future as in Hollywood fiction, or, at worst, in the Soviet Union
              3. Dodikson
                Dodikson 11 December 2020 03: 30
                -1
                hmm, but the Turks are now armed with the M-60, modernized by the Israelis, there are modern thermal imagers, an MSA and a remote sensing system.
                Is the M-60 Sabra the newest tank?
              4. Dodikson
                Dodikson 11 December 2020 03: 32
                -1
                Kruzak is 88 years old and in 2020 even the cases are different.
                Do the Mi-26 and Mi-26T2 have different hulls?
            2. Ros 56
              Ros 56 9 December 2020 09: 53
              +4
              Tuning should not be confused with modernization. negative
          2. venik
            venik 9 December 2020 09: 48
            +2
            Quote: Thrall
            Well, what, follow the path of the Americans with their CH-53K King Stallion costing almost as much as the F-35?

            ========
            And what does "Stallion" have to do with it? "K" is just another modification of the machine that made its first flight back in 1966!
          3. Bersaglieri
            Bersaglieri 9 December 2020 12: 19
            +2
            So CH-53K is also "letters and numbers" for the platform of the 70s.
            1. Dodikson
              Dodikson 11 December 2020 03: 34
              -1
              that's what he says - the CH-52K is not the latest model of helicopters.
              it is all just a modernization (modification) of the old model.
              like the Mi-26 and even the Mi-28, which I read about in the Soviet magazine Military Knowledge (I already read in the early 90s, but that magazine itself with an article about the Mi-28 and its drawings was for the end of the 80s)
        2. Victorio
          Victorio 9 December 2020 09: 45
          +2
          Quote: Pereira
          That is, the 40-year-old Mi-26 with letters turns into the latest helicopter? Do you seriously think so?

          ===
          ? the potential for improvement allows why not to use it, and even cheaper so.
          but, I think that a new helicopter and smaller size would not hurt
          1. Pereira
            Pereira 9 December 2020 10: 31
            -5
            Who is against it? Certainly not me. But don't write your headline as if you have created a completely new car. Write honestly - a little tricked.
            1. Victorio
              Victorio 9 December 2020 10: 34
              0
              Quote: Pereira
              Write honestly

              ===
              ) well, you give. the same earnings.
              1. Pereira
                Pereira 9 December 2020 13: 12
                0
                One earned, and a bunch of people started a discussion from scratch. Is angry.
    2. pyagomail.ru
      pyagomail.ru 9 December 2020 09: 15
      +4
      The Americans have had the B-52, if I am not mistaken, since 1955 and are still the main strategist.
    3. APASUS
      APASUS 9 December 2020 09: 21
      +4
      Quote: Pereira
      Mi-26 - 1980. 40 years. It's time to change.

      The Mi-26 and its modernization will always be promising. There are only 3 countries in the world that produce such machines. Now China is still trying.
      Quote: Pereira
      Mi-28 - 2013. Not even new anymore

      The story with MI-28 began on December 16, 1976, it was then that there was a Resolution of the Central Committee of the CPSU and the Council of Ministers of the USSR, which provided for the creation on a competitive basis of a new generation of Mi-28 and B-80 combat helicopters, later the Ka-50.
      All the most important stages of the car went into restructuring, there was practically no car, everything was standing. The movement began somewhere in the early 2000s. So it can be considered conditionally new
    4. Ros 56
      Ros 56 9 December 2020 09: 49
      +2
      Does anyone in the world have anything better than the Mi-26? An-2 made its first flight in 1948 and still flies and nothing has been invented better than it. So don't make God angry. This technique was created by the geniuses of their craft.
    5. bayard
      bayard 9 December 2020 22: 26
      0
      Quote: Pereira
      Mi-28 - 2013. Not even new anymore.

      The Mi-28 was already known in the late 80s as an experimental vehicle, and even earlier than the Ka-50.
      But yes, you need to pay attention to the letters that mean modification.
  2. Cananecat
    Cananecat 9 December 2020 09: 00
    -5
    Flies separately, cutlets separately ...
    Promising, it is with a new index. And what they have listed is just a deep modernization of existing models.
    1. Thrall
      Thrall 9 December 2020 09: 05
      +11
      So maybe it's time to make a bicycle not on 2 wheels? smile
      If the model is successful, and there is a margin for modernization, why not use it?
      1. venik
        venik 9 December 2020 09: 56
        +5
        Quote: Thrall
        If the model is successful, and there is a margin for modernization, why not use it?

        ========
        drinks The new model should be implemented only then:
        a) - she gives principled (not even essential, namely "fundamental"!) advantages over the old;
        b) - when the modernization potential of the old model exhausted or close to that;
        c) - when the old model turns out unable to cope with new emerging tasks / threats (regardless of its modernization potential - that is, the design does not allow).
        Otherwise, modernization is the best option! (At least - according to the criterion "cost / effectiveness").
  3. prior
    prior 9 December 2020 09: 20
    0
    Something tells me that the mountain specificity, as well as the sea, makes very specific requirements for the machines, both in avionics, engine and armament.
    It might be wise to develop a pure "mountain" version of the helicopter.
    We also have mountain special forces, with the skills of fighting in the mountains.
    1. Genry
      Genry 9 December 2020 14: 12
      -1
      Quote: prior
      It might be wise to develop a pure "mountain" version of the helicopter.

      What for?
      Anything that flies well in the mountains will fly well over the plain.
  4. Vladimir61
    Vladimir61 9 December 2020 15: 30
    +2
    The article is missing a paragraph from the message in "Izvestia"
    In November, the United Engine Corporation announced the completion of bench tests of the VK-2500P engine, which will be installed on the Mi-28NM.
    which explains a lot. In the same place, it is directly stated that tests of the modernized Mi-26T2V are carried out at the request of the Russian military.