Russian Helicopters delivered yet another batch of four upgraded and fearsome looking Mi-8AMTSh assault helicopters to the Russian military. The quartet left the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant to join one of the units in the Central Military District, which has its headquarters in Yekaterinburg.
In August the previous batch went almost directly on large-scale exercises. Part of the upgrade includes more powerful Klimov VK-2500-03 engines. According to the manufacturer the newer choppers are more manoeuverable on high altitudes than their predecessors.
The AMTSh version of the chopper that NATO calls “Hip” has a digital display that project a moving map and the Russian GPS system Glonass. The cockpit is fully night-vision compatible. If the optional wings are attached the Mi-8AMTSh turns into a fearsome looking assault helicopter. With the possibilities to fit gun pods, 80-mm rocket pods, Shturm-V air-to-surface missiles, Igla air-to-air missiles or a combination of all onto the wings.
The second delivery of the newest Hips announced on 16 December 2014 is part of an outstanding order that Moscow signed for 40 Mi-8AMTShs. The type is somewhat similar to the one delivered to Peru.
Source: Russian Helicopters, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger