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ARMY 2016: Russia Secures Deals at Annual Forum

By S.L. Fuller | September 8, 2016

Russia is seeing development in a few different areas, from the commencement of its international military-technical forum “ARMY-2016” and other international, as well as national, endeavors.

Russian Helicopters will present a private showing of a full-scale sample of the Mi-8AMTsh-VA at ARMY-2016, which began Sept. 6 and will run until Sept. 11. This helicopter is the new “Arctic” version of the Mi-8AMTSh, featuring a new oil-heating technique, additional fuel tanks for long-distance flights, the latest flight navigation and radio communication equipment, and digital autopilot, among other safety features.

Also at ARMY-2016, Russian Helicopters and Cuban company Tecnoimport reached a deal for the supply of repair and development documentation for capital repairs to the Mi-8MT and the Mi-8MTV-1, according to local media. Those repairs will be completed in Cuba, where about 50 out of 60 Soviet and Russian helicopters are in need of repair.

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Furthering international affairs, Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu and Egyptian Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi recently agreed on Moscow-trained Egyptian pilots for the Ka-52K. The Russian Federation will develop the training program, according to a Russian news outlet. 

Kazakhstan’s armed forces will receive two Mi-17 transport helicopters and two multirole fighters from Russia by the end of 2016, per existing contracts. By the end of the year, media reports said Kazakhstan plans to sign a contract for the purchase of four Russian Mi-35s by the end of the year.

Looking into the future, Russia plans to provide Russian Aerospace Forces upgraded Mi-26T2s starting in 2018.

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