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.