Russia to Modernize Mi-26T2
Russian Mi-26 will be upgrade to the Mi-26T2V standard with advanced handling characteristics and more precise navigation and communication capabilities.
Russian Helicopters, September 07, 2016 - Moscow - Russian Helicopters is modernizing its heavy Mi-26T2 helicopter for the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Currently, the company is finalizing all technical specification for the helicopter that will be able to take off and land on unprepared sites. The new rotorcraft will be called the Mi-26T2V.
The main upgrades include advanced handling characteristics, more precise navigation and communication capabilities of the helicopter.
The Mi-26T2V will be able to fly to any region including those with complex geographical and unfavorable weather conditions, at any time, on equipped and unequipped routes, on new routes, above featureless terrain, under fire and information counteraction of the enemy.
The Mi-26T2V will have an autopilot and avionics that would allow it to operate at any time by means of electronic display and new navigation and piloting system. Also, the new Mi-26T2 will be equipped with a modernized digital communication suite and an onboard defense system to increase the helicopter’s survivability.
"The Mi-26 helicopter is a unique machine. No other serially produced helicopter in the world can match its payload capacity. Our work on modernizing the Mi-26T2 for the Russian Defense Ministry will allow them to get an upgraded heavy, around-the-clock, troop transport helicopter capable of performing combat missions in the most adverse climatic and weather conditions," said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev.
Mi-26Ts in various modifications are widely used to perform a variety of tasks – for transporting, evacuations, firefighting and other missions around the world. The Mi-26T is capable of transporting up to 20 tons of cargo inside the body or on an external sling.
Russian Helicopters, (part of State Corporation Rostec), is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. In 2015 its IFRS revenues increased 29.5% to RUB 220.0 billion. Deliveries reached 212 helicopters.