Russian Helicopters holding company, part of Rostec State Corporation, and representatives of the Russian Ministry of Defense started joint state tests of Mi-26T2V heavy-lift military transport helicopter.
“Currently, Mi-26T2V prototype has successfully completed preliminary tests at the manufacturing facility, allowing us to start the joint state tests program which is to last through the entire year 2020. We have taken into account all preferences of the customer and implemented them in the Mi-26T2V helicopter design. The performance of the machine will be considerably improved due to modernization. I am convinced that Mi-26T2V helicopter will have a rightful place in the Russian armed forces”, said Director General of Russian Helicopters Andrey Boginsky.
The tests will take place on four proving grounds. The crew of the helicopter will include representatives of the Russian Aerospace Forces and will check the main performance characteristics of the helicopter and operation of new equipment. The tests are expected to last until the end of 2020.
Rostvertol, a company under Russian Helicopters, produced a prototype of the modernized Mi-26T2V helicopter in 2018 as part of the Russian Helicopters’ program on upgrading the heavy Mi-26 helicopter for the Russian Aerospace Forces. The helicopter performed its maiden flight last year and the preliminary flight tests were conducted by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant.
The upgraded Mi-26T2V helicopter will have a lifting capacity of 20 tonnes and is able to airlift large equipment, large size cargoes and paratroopers. The helicopter features modern integrated avionics, digital flight controls, multi-function color displays and a new Vitebsk airborne defense complex.
The rotorcraft has the modern NPK90-2V integrated avionics which ensures piloting during the day and at night, enabling the helicopter to fly the route in an automatic mode, come to a preset point, perform approach and final approach maneuvers, and return to the main or alternate aerodrome.
The helicopter is also fitted an onboard defensive aids system (DAS) to protect the helicopter against air defense missiles of various homing types.
According to the company, Mi-26T2V helicopter will be able to perform missions even in regions with complex physical and geographic features and unfavorable climatic conditions day and night over featureless terrain amid enemy counter-fire and information counter-measures. The helicopter will have a crew of five.
Mi-26Ts in various modifications are widely used to perform a variety of tasks – for transporting, evacuations, firefighting and other missions around the world. Operated by both military and civilian operators, it is the largest and most powerful helicopter to have gone into series production. It is capable of transporting up to 20 tons of cargo inside the body or on an external sling.