Russian Helicopters has replaced foreign-made components on Mi-8AMTSh-V helicopters as part of the modernisation work for delivery to the Russian Air Force.
A key aspect of this modernisation work involves replacing the Ukrainian-made AI-9V auxiliary power units (APUs) with the Russian-made TA-14 produced at SPE Aerosila.
The TA-14 boasts higher power, greater working time in generator-mode, and also better start and operation altitude indicators (6,000 m compared with 4,000 m for the AI-9V). The helicopter's operational capabilities in mountainous terrain, from independent bases, are substantially improved.
The helicopter is also fitted with a Russian-made on-board satellite navigation suite that is compatible with Russia's GLONASS and GPS. The latest communications systems - also Russian-made - ensure the helicopter crew enjoy quality connections over a wide range of frequencies.
"We understand the importance of being as independent as possible from foreign-made components and units in the machines we deliver under the State Defence Order, and are focusing on this area of activity," said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev. "Further, the results of this work on the Mi-8AMTSh-V testify to the fact that using Russian-made equipment allows us to significantly improve the helicopter's flight capabilities."
For the crew's in-flight comfort and safety, the helicopter boasts the latest Russian weather radar systems offering a 3D image of weather formations and objects. Information from the weather radar and navigation equipment is displayed on a large digital multifunction display, for improved flight safety and added convenience, according to the press release.
The helicopter is also equipped with the latest Russian-made ceramo-metallic armour, boasting greater resilience and weighing less than steel armour.
The latest Russian-made navigation suites and radio communications systems, defence and weapons systems, and a wide range of additional equipment features ensure that the new Mi-8MTSh-V military transport helicopter meets all the necessary requirements, the statement added.