Russian Helicopters to upgrade Mi-26T2
Russian Helicopters has announced that it is upgrading the Mi-26T2 helicopter for the Russian Ministry of Defence. The main upgrades include improvements to the aircraft's navigation precision and communication capabilities, and advanced handling characteristics.
The new helicopter will be called the Mi-26T2V, capable of flying under fire, above featureless terrain, on equipped and unequipped routes, to any region including those with complex geographical and unfavourable weather conditions.
Russian Helicopters is currently finalising its technical specifications, but the helicopter will feature an onboard defence system to increase survivability, a modernised digital communication suite, and an autopilot and avionics that would allow it to operate at any time by means of electronic display and new navigation and piloting system. It will be capable of taking off and landing on unprepared sites.
Mi-26Ts in various configurations are used to perform missions including firefighting, evacuations and transportation. The helicopter can transport up to 20 tons of cargo internally or on an external sling.
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