Russian Helicopters to Present Upgraded Mi-171Sh at ARMY-2020 for the First Time
(Source: Russian Helicopters; issued August 23, 2020)
Russian Helicopters says its upgraded Mi-171Sh is equipped with upgraded engines, new rotor system with an improved profile composite main rotor and X-shaped tail rotor, as well as latest version of the President-S on-board aircraft defense system. (RusHelo photo)
MOSCOW --- The Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec) will for the first time present upgraded Mi-171SH "Storm" military transport helicopter at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2020. The helicopter, featuring enhanced protection and unique strike capabilities, was manufactured at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant.

The first flying prototype of the helicopter will be demonstrated at the forum. The presentation will also include the IBKV-17VP "glass cockpit" avionics suite and model of the new target sight system.

"Upgraded Mi-171Sh provides superior level of protection for both the crew and transported troops, thanks to titanium and kevlar armor protection, and the vehicle's strike capabilities have been expanded to include guided missile weapons, noted the Director General of the Russian Helicopters, Andrey Boginsky.Mi-171SH is prepared for the most demanding combat and climatic conditions, which is why we named it "Storm" for our foreign customers. The name symbolizes its readiness to fight the elements, and on the other hand speaks of the helicopter's flexible assault capabilities."

Mi-171Sh "Storm" is equipped with upgraded engines, new rotor system with an improved profile composite main rotor and X-shaped tail rotor, as well as latest version of the President-S on-board aircraft defense system. The armoring effectively protects the crew and the most parts of the helicopter, as well as the troop compartment. Two sliding doors on the sides and a ramp enable ultra-fast troop deployment.

In addition, the helicopter comes with improved armament, including 12.7 mm caliber machine guns and mdoern guided missile weapons with the OPS-24N-1L target sight system, which allows to engage against various ground and air targets.


JSC "Russian Helicopters", a part of Rostec State Corporation, is a leading player in the global helicopter industry, the sole Russian designer and manufacturer of helicopters. The Holding Company was established in 2007 and is headquartered in Moscow. We operate five helicopter assembly plants, two design bureaus, component production and maintenance enterprises, aircraft repair plants and one helicopter service company providing after-sales support in Russia and abroad.

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US Army Announces its Service Component Command for U.S. Space Command

(Source: US Army; issued Aug 21, 2020)


WASHINGTON --- The Army announced today that U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command will take on the additional responsibility of serving as the Army service component command to U.S. Space Command, while retaining its responsibilities as the service component command to U.S. Strategic Command. Naming USASMDC as the service component command to both USSPACECOM and USSTRATCOM will strengthen integration and synchronization of these vital operations and has been endorsed by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“The Army is the largest user of space-enabled systems in the Department of Defense,” said Ryan McCarthy, Secretary of the Army. “Naming USASMDC as a component command to both combatant commands strengthens command and control, unity of effort, and synchronization of Army space and missile defense operations.”

An operational level Army force, USASMDC organizes, trains, equips and deploys Army space and global missile defense forces to conduct worldwide space and missile defense operations.

From its split-based headquarters at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, USASMDC oversees vital Army space and missile defense elements around the globe. With personnel assigned in 11 time zones at 23 worldwide locations, the command has approximately 2,800 Soldiers (active-duty, National Guard and Reserve) and Army civilian personnel working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to defend the homeland against intercontinental ballistic missile attack and to ensure ground forces receive the space-enabled capabilities required to assure mission success.

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