Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has started serial production of Mi-8AMT Arctic helicopters for commercial customers. Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant has completed the first example and it’s due to enter service shortly.
Mi-8AMT Arctic version completed its flight-test schedule and received approval from the independent commission of the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya). The helicopter’s main features include a unique system for heating transmission parts, designed by JSC National helicopter center Мil & Kamov. It provides a quick start capability for the engines at extremely low temperatures, even if the helicopter has been stored out in the open.
The system for heating the transmission parts is supported by improved thermal protection for the cargo cabin and special thermal insulation shutters, sliding doors and cockpit doors. Special covers protect the helicopter from low temperatures, high humidity and strong winds. The helicopter’s hydraulic systems are resistant to freezing temperatures.
“New Mi-8AMT helicopter will be sought after by many Russian companies and government agencies implementing projects and tasks in the Arctic. The first rotorcraft is ready to start operation, and negotiations with several potential Russian customers are underway,” stated Director General of Russian Helicopters Andrey Boginsky. “The holding company is making every effort to provide operators with reliable and modern helicopters, which is irreplaceable when many important tasks related to work in the region are carried out.”
The Arctic version of Mi-8AMT can fly up to 1,400 km. An emergency flotation system can also be installed on the helicopter when operating over the waters in the Arctic region
“This helicopter is vital for air medical services, maintenance of facilities of the fuel and energy complex, and for meeting the needs of polar expeditions. It may also help organise transportation in northern regions,” explained Managing Director of Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant Leonid Belykh.