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.
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.