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"Soviet workhorse" Mi-8T helicopter decommissioned in Hungary

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Last week, the Hungarian Air Force decommissioned the fleet of Soviet Mi-8T helicopters, which had been in service since 1969 and was the "workhorse" of the army. aviation country.


The last flight of a rotorcraft with registration number 3304 from the 1st transport battalion of the 86th Szolnok airbase took place on 26 March. The day before, another pair of replacing light multipurpose H145Ms landed at the same airport, completing the transfer of all 20 helicopters ordered for 318 million euros at the end of June 2018.

Hungary reportedly purchased a total of 65 Mi-8Ts, 15 of which were delivered in 1969-1970, 43 between 1970 and 1975 and two in 1982. Two more cars were donated by Finland in 2011, and in 2014 three refurbished units were purchased from Russia. The last operating Mi-8T was one of three purchased in the Russian Federation a little less than 7 years ago.

In addition to the Mi-8T, one Mi-1980 (command post), 9 Mi-7s (two of them in the electronic warfare version, which were decommissioned several years ago) were delivered to Hungary in the 17s. Currently, there are 5 Mi-17s in service, which were overhauled in 2017. They will be gradually decommissioned by 2024-2025.

It is planned that the Mi-17 will be replaced by the French medium-class Airbus Helicopters H225M multipurpose twin-engined helicopters (formerly EC725 Caracal). 2018 copies were ordered in December 16, the first of which is due to be delivered in 2023.

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  1. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee April 1 2021 04: 54
    +5
    has been in operation since 1969
    Well, just like me ... wink
    1. Ros 56
      Ros 56 April 1 2021 06: 46
      +4
      The boy is still. laughing
      1. Uncle lee
        Uncle lee April 1 2021 07: 34
        +5
        And my health is not very good: either my paws ache, or my tail falls off.
        And the other day I started to shed ... repeat
        1. Ros 56
          Ros 56 April 1 2021 07: 41
          +2
          So hangover is necessary and everything will return to normal. drinks good laughing
        2. Lionnvrsk
          Lionnvrsk April 1 2021 12: 29
          0
          Quote: Uncle Lee
          And my health is not very good: either my paws ache, or my tail falls off.
          And the other day I started to shed ... repeat

          Well, then- "They shoot the driven horses, don't they?" repeat
          1. Uncle lee
            Uncle lee April 1 2021 13: 30
            +2
            Quote: LIONnvrsk
            shoot,

            You, my friend, are a flayer! No humanity .... crying
            1. Lionnvrsk
              Lionnvrsk April 1 2021 13: 57
              +1
              Quote: Uncle Lee
              You, my friend, are a flayer! No humanity ....

              Far from it! Purely from humane considerations - so that (the horse) does not suffer! laughing
              But if you still can not spoil the furrow, then the clamp on the hump and go! lol
              1. Uncle lee
                Uncle lee April 1 2021 13: 59
                0
                Quote: LIONnvrsk
                and go!

                I've been plowing, my friend, I've been plowing ... For over 50 years. yes
  2. Thrifty
    Thrifty April 1 2021 05: 08
    +4
    Mr. Comrade Author! !! Disabled, and as stated in the article, decommissioned in fact, these are two huge differences! !!! Do not scare members of the forum with incorrect titles! !! hi hi
    1. Piramidon
      Piramidon April 1 2021 10: 47
      +1
      Quote: Thrifty
      Mr. Comrade Author! !! Disabled, and as stated in the article, decommissioned in fact, these are two huge differences! !!! Do not scare members of the forum with incorrect titles! !! hi hi

      There is nothing about "incapacitation" in the article. only about "decommissioning", but in this context it is the correct expression. Disabling means rendering it unusable for further use, and decommissioning means simply discontinuing use, which the Hungarians did. Wait, the Magyars will also steam these turntables with the Sumerians. They collect the whole second-hand around the world.
      1. Thrifty
        Thrifty April 1 2021 11: 54
        0
        Pyromidon-Stepan, you see the already edited text, in the beginning it was written exactly "out of order" !!!
  3. Professor
    Professor April 1 2021 06: 09
    -6
    Well done, that they were not placed in the open air.
    1. svp67
      svp67 April 1 2021 07: 26
      +2
      Quote: Professor
      Well done, that they were not placed in the open air.

      Due to the strong reduction in the Air Force fleet and these "flies", a place in the hangar was found ... But what are they full-fledged replacements for the Mi-8? At best Mi-2
      1. Professor
        Professor April 1 2021 08: 02
        -1
        Rather, between the Mi-2 and the Mi-8. By the way, a very useful niche.
      2. dauria
        dauria April 1 2021 08: 06
        +2
        But what are they full-fledged replacements for the Mi-8? At best Mi-2


        You are confused by the video. Here is the EC725 Caracal. 11-ton truck with two two-thousanders. Like our old "Teshka" from TV2.
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 April 1 2021 06: 28
    +2
    It's time to change the helicopter fleet, they began to change. Hungary has been a member of NATO since 1999, which means that the replacement will be carried out by helicopters of the countries of this bloc. Were in the Warsaw Pact received the equipment of the USSR, but today everything is different. Didn't quite understand the essence of the article - a statement of fact or something else?
  5. Ros 56
    Ros 56 April 1 2021 06: 44
    0
    On these new toys only tourists can ride, and the eight is a serious device for work. Time will tell who is worth what.
  6. svp67
    svp67 April 1 2021 07: 23
    +3
    Everything is normal, this life has already passed 30 years since the collapse of the USSR, so what is there to be surprised at. They refuse our "bears"
    , we are from their "Ikarus"

    ... only Czech trams Tatra T-3 will survive many more
    wink
    1. prior
      prior April 1 2021 09: 19
      +1
      Considering how their old MI-8s can be repaired in the Square, the Hungarians acted very pragmatically.
  7. Roma 1977
    Roma 1977 April 1 2021 09: 38
    +1
    So-so replacement. The load is half that of the Mi-8. Airbus Helicopters H225M can really be called a logical replacement.
  8. Lara Croft
    Lara Croft April 1 2021 14: 36
    0
    36 brand new European helicopters for the small Armed Forces of Hungary is a lot, they also have 12 Mi-24 + 7 Mi-17, almost an AA regiment.
    I wonder what attack helicopters they will buy?