Russian Helicopters' Mi-26T2V has made its maiden test flight Sunday. The Russian helicopter manufacturer said the aircraft flew at subsidiary Rostvertol's flight testing facility, a company press release said.
The Mi-26T2V is a heavy widy-body transport helicopter that can carry up to 20 tons. It's equipped with radio equipment that allows for flying in day or night with automatic flight, the press release said.
The state's military will use the helicopter to transport troops. The company is also targeting the aircraft in regions outside of Russia in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, according to a translated statement from Anatoly Serdyukov, industrial director of parent company Rostec's aviation section.
"The successful completion of the first flight shows that the technical solutions used to modernize the Mi-26 in the interests of the Russian Defense Ministry proved to be correct," read a translated statement from Andrei Boginsky, general director of Russian Helicopters. "We were able to significantly reduce the load on the crew, largely automating the flight and landing of such a large and complex machine. In addition, the survivability of the helicopter due to the installation of a modern onboard defense complex has been significantly improved."