Russian Navy receives first Mi-8AMTSh-VA Arctic helicopter
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Russian Navy receives first Mi-8AMTSh-VA Arctic helicopter

The Russian Navy's aviation fleet has received its first military-transport helicopter Mi-8AMTSh-VA, designed for combat service in the Arctic, RIA Novosti reported.

The ceremonial transfer took place at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAZ), with act of acceptance-transfer signed by U-UAZ Executive Director Leonid Belykh and deputy commander of the engineering and aviation service of naval aviation base No. 7060, Colonel Alexei Nikolaichyuk.

"Transferring the Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopter to the Russian navy is an important event. It will be sent for combat service to a base located in the Kamchatka Territory. It will join the fleet of Mi-8 first-generation helicopters and perform complex, previously inaccessible transport and airborne tasks," Nikolaichyuk said.

According to Belykh, the new helicopter is capable of working in such extreme conditions as low temperatures, polar night, lack of radio signals and long distances between deployment sites.

Compared to the basic version, Mi-8AMTSh-V, the new Arctic helicopter Mi-8AMTSh-VA is equipped with a unique system of heating transmission units, which makes it possible to launch the engines when deploying outdoors at low temperatures down to —60 degrees Celsius. In addition, the helicopter is equipped with the latest navigation and radio equipment, including digital autopilot and an inertial navigation system, which can operate in the absence of satellite signals.

The flight range with additional tanks exceeds 1,400 kilometers, with a flight duration of over seven hours.