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Arctic Version of Mi-8AMTSh Helicopter Joins Russian Air Force

© Sputnik / Mark Agnor / Go to the photo bankFlight tests of the Mil Mi-8AMTSH-VA Arctic helicopter at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant
Flight tests of the Mil Mi-8AMTSH-VA Arctic helicopter at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant - Sputnik International
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The first Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopter, adapted for freezing Arctic weather conditions, has been delivered to the Russian Armed Forces by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant in southeastern Russia, Zvezda TV reported on Friday.

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According to Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov, 13 Mi-8AMTSh assault/transport helicopters, including one adapted for flights in the Arctic, have already been supplied by the Ulan-Ude plant.

The Mi-8AMTSh-VA is fitted with powerful engines, an ice-protection system, and ski landing gear designed to tackle sub-zero conditions up to minus 40 degrees Celsius as well as extreme weather hazards.

The Mi-8AMTSh-VA is a “northern” version of the famous Mi-8AMTSh Terminator, which, in turn, is a dedicated armored assault variant of the Mi-8AMT helicopter. Its armament is derived from Mi-24 gunship.

The Mi-8AMTSh-VA is powered by a pair of gas-turbine engines with a reinforced transmission and boasts multiple navigation systems.

The helicopter employs an advanced cabin-heating system used on spaceships.

The maximum range with main and auxiliary fuel tanks is 1,300 kilometers.

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