The upgraded Mi-26T2V heavy military transport helicopter has successfully completed preliminary flight testing, Russian Helicopters, part of the Rostec state corporation, confirmed on 3 April.
"The machine is being prepared for a handover to the Russian Ministry of Defence [MoD] to do joint official tests," the company said in a press release.
Conducted at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant in Tomilino, near Moscow, the flight test confirmed initial airworthiness for the helicopter, which has a lift capacity of 20 tonnes and features a modern NPK90-2V avionics suite that considerably enhances its controllability and enables it to be flown in automatic mode.
The Mi-26T2V's night vision-friendly cockpit is fitted with multifunctional displays, while crew protection has been increased with anti-blast seats.
The helicopter has received the Vitebsk direct infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system and improvements to its navigation system and satellite communications.
The Mi-26T2V was designed according to MoD requirements, including the ability to perform even in 'complex' physical and geographical regions and in adverse climatic conditions, day and night, over 'featureless' terrain in face of enemy fire and countermeasures.
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