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How helicopters are born: the new Mi-8AMTSH-VA for the Arctic


Ulan-Ude aviation Plant (UAZ) - one of the largest and oldest aviation plants in Russia. For the time being, the plant produced both airplanes and helicopters, and now it is the largest factory for the production of Mi-8 helicopters (Mi-171 is an export version) in the Russian Helicopters holding. In November, the plant released and handed over to the military a new modification of the helicopter for operation in the Arctic - Mi-8AMTSH-VA. That was the reason to visit the plant, as well as get acquainted with its life.

1. The hero of our story is the Mi-8AMTSH-VA VKS of Russia. Demonstration flight, the conditions are suitable: -25C.

2. The bear is the trademark of the plant.

3. The signing ceremony of the transfer documents - by the plant is signed by the Executive Director Leonid Belykh.

4. A word to the Chief of Combat Training of Army Aviation VKS, Major General Oleg Chesnokov.

5. The press catches every word speakers.

How helicopters are born: the new Mi-8AMTSH-VA for the Arctic

6. Inspection of the helicopter participants and guests.

7. Helicopter cabin.

8. Dashboard mixed - analog devices are adjacent to the "glass".

9. Two "bears" - pilots in special suits.

10. We go to the shop.

11. Here are made elements of the tail boom.




15. Air intakes.

16. Rear hatch flaps.

17. Cab blanks.



20. Assembling the bottom of the helicopter.

21. Collected blanks.



24. Everything is ready to install systems.

25. The process goes on.

26. Only women are attracted to fine work.

27. The men are watching.


29. "Yellow or green"?

30. Helicopter rotor

31. The engine is installed.



34. Almost everything is ready.

35. The product is rolled out of the shop.


37. Meet the November frosts.

38. Before flying, helicopters arrive at the FAC - Flight Research Center, where they are later tested.


40. Helicopter for the Angolan Air Force.

41. Finished cars on the airfield. Products "Helicopters of Russia" on customers. Mi-8AMTSH VKS Russia.

42. Mi-171SH Angola Air Force.

43. Mi-171SH-P Air Force Peru.

44. New batch for customer.

45. Mi-171E for the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kazakhstan.

46. Here at the plant, the customer’s specialists undergo in-depth training on the simulator.


48. Train Angolan experts.

49. Many guys behind Russian military schools - technology is well known.

50. Flight is observed not only by instructors in the cabin, but also in the next room. Here they plan emergency situations for inspection and track the flight.

51. The product flies to the customer.

52. Here is such a day at the factory, which opened its doors to guests.

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  1. Good cat
    Good cat 2 December 2015 06: 38
    Thank you, great report!
    1. Bombardier
      Bombardier 2 December 2015 09: 23
      Tomorrow they’ll lay it out, there is such a pattern ...:

      Many great photos, high quality, one of them:
  2. Pencil
    Pencil 2 December 2015 06: 57
    I’m all waiting for the direct monitoring of the icing of the rotor blades in flight to be relevant for them. This is probably not so important for aviators?
  3. Magic archer
    Magic archer 2 December 2015 09: 10
    Black and orange colors! It’s immediately obvious that the specialists worked on their appearance! It looks very impressive! Bravo!
    Pisi. I was pleased that the cabin has become digital.
  4. Lieutenant colonel
    Lieutenant colonel 2 December 2015 09: 21
    But aren't the blades electrically heated? Rather, the edge of the blade? It seems to me that this is not a topical issue today in this area.
    1. FID
      FID 2 December 2015 10: 54
      To prevent icing is possible in two ways.

      The first way is a thorough study of the weather forecast in the flight area, bypassing the clouds encountered along the way and changing the flight altitude in order to get out of the icing, stopping the flight, etc.

      The second way is to equip the blades with anti-icing devices.

      Known all glad of these devices for the helicopter blades. To remove the ice from the rotor blades can

      protivoobledenitel alcohol be used, which sprays the front edge of the screw alcohol. Last, mixing with water, it lowers its freezing point and prevents the formation of ice.

      Spalling ice with the propeller blades can be effected by air, which is blown into the rubber bladder sandwiched along the leading edge of the rotor. Inflationary camera nadkalyvaet icy crust, some pieces which then swept propeller blades with the counter air flow.

      If the front edge of the rotor blade is made of metal, it is possible to heat or electricity, or hot air, is passed through a pipeline laid along the front edge of the rotor.
      Read more at:
      1. Simple
        Simple 2 December 2015 11: 30
        Good Morning, Sergey Ivanovich!

        Have you tried with ultrasonic waves?
    2. Alvin
      Alvin 2 December 2015 11: 31
      With electric heating. Four sections on the bearing blades and two on the steering blades. Photo 42-43 shows the current collector above the rotor hub. And around it are vibration dampers.
  5. avt
    avt 2 December 2015 09: 40
    That's exactly about this photo story I wrote in a comment yesterday - a gorgeous picture! good Another would be about the icebreakers, "Murmansk" in particular and "Sevmorput" for the fullness of happiness ... smile
  6. Pencil
    Pencil 2 December 2015 10: 53
    Naturally, there are heating elements in the blade and everyone knows about it. This is not the question. The question is when to turn on the heating of the blades? Icing on the helicopter body begins later than directly on the propellers ... Without analyzing the surface of the blades for the presence of ice formations, the existing icing sensor on the helicopter body shows the "average temperature in the hospital"))).
  7. Ka-52
    Ka-52 2 December 2015 11: 22
    Thanks for the cool pics! hi
  8. Bykov.
    Bykov. 2 December 2015 11: 50
    Red star on board a helicopter.
    ... really cheated on the idea of ​​changing the symbolism of the Armed Forces of Russia!
  9. DenZ
    DenZ 2 December 2015 12: 12
    Gorgeous report. The photo report is exemplary. Thank you for the pleasure, as if he himself visited the factory!
  10. IAlex
    IAlex 2 December 2015 15: 02
    I wonder why a helicopter in a radome fairing?
    1. Mayday1981
      Mayday1981 2 December 2015 20: 56
      For flights in the mountains. And to assess the meteorological conditions along the route.
  11. Pencil
    Pencil 2 December 2015 15: 47
    By the way, there is an interesting moment in the picture at the beginning of the article. Is it a "victim" of Photoshop?
  12. Mayday1981
    Mayday1981 2 December 2015 20: 53
    With regard to anti-icing (PIC). The most urgent problem is the possible icing of the engine input devices and dust protection devices (ROM) - ice can be broken and surging. The input devices are heated with hot air from the engine itself, and the right heating is turned on manually, when flying, possible icing conditions and the left one, either manually or automatically. The various parts of the ROM are heated both with hot air and electrically. The screw POS is electric (4 sections in the main and 2-steering blades). That is, every 38,5 seconds This turns one of the sections of each lopasti.Takzhe helicopter 2 has an electric heating glass in the cockpit and receivers air pressures.
    The resonance type ice detector is installed in the channel of the fan unit. The system can be automatically turned on by a signal from it.
    The anti-icing system is extremely reliable and simple and, as a rule, is not satisfactory in operation. To change something in it is to make it worse.
    The helicopter's cabs are heated by the KO-50 kerosene stove. It heats very well, instantly heats the helicopter, has a manual selection and automatic temperature maintenance mode. But its reliability just causes many complaints. The design of the kerosene stove is practically unchanged from the Mi-8 of the first series. the unit is characterized by constant failures and the great complexity of dismantling. I heard that a new stove was developed to replace the old one (finally), but so far I have not even seen it on new helicopters. What can I say, to fly without a stove in the autumn-winter third period, real extreme!
    Some of the helicopters from hot countries do not have a kerosene stove as standard equipment, and their flight tests (after thorough repairs, for example) in Russia turn into torture for crews in winter. For example, 3 and 4 test flights take place at a great distance from the base and at a high altitude, respectively .
  13. Aljavad
    Aljavad 3 December 2015 16: 07
    Handsome machines. Handsome people! So much for "everything is gone"! Modern high-tech and highly competitive production. Loaded with orders "the most I don't want". And the notorious average age of the staff, judging by the pictures, is not so pre-retirement age.

    Very positive stuff! Thank!
  14. Boris85
    Boris85 1 November 2020 22: 54
    And Angolan helicopters have smaller noses, you see equipment for them is less installed or supplied, or maybe better than us