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25 RED is a
Mi-8MTV-5-1 from
549th Air Group of
Russian Air Force.
549th Air Group
or Army Aviation
Base and its two
detachments in
Pribylovo and
Levashovo became
the first units of
Russian Air Force to
receive serial produced
Mi-8MTV-5-1s in 2011.
(Photo by Sergey
Kuznetsov)

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Russian Air Forces Mi-8MTV-5-1 during open-
water competition for pontoon bridge units
in Murom, Russia, as a part of International
ARMY-2016 games on August 6. (Photo by
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Dudishkin/ Russian MOD)
M
i-8MTV-5-1-1 is one of
two members of Mil
Mi-8 Hip helicopter
families which is widely
in use by the Army Aviation units of
Russian Air Force since 2012. A product of
Joint Stock Company Kazan Helicopters, TOP: One of four
Mi-8MTV-5-1s of 549th
this multirole medium sized helicopter is now backbone of the Russian Army
Army Aviation Base at
Aviation transport helicopter fleet. Once the helicopter passed all of its state tests Levashovo Air Base. They
in Torzhok and other air bases, the Russian Ministry of Defense placed an order are stationed there to be
used mainly for Search
for 140 examples of that alongside with 134 Mi-8AMTSh were for use by Russian and Rescue and Transport
Air Force on 1st March 2011. Deliveries started in 2012 and by June 2017, total duties since 2016. (Photo
by Sergey Kuznetsov)
100 out of 140 ordered examples were handed over Russian Air Forces Army
Aviation Units across the country. This article tells you how this helicopter has BOTTOM: Mi-8AMTSh has
only slight differences
gradually took place of ageing Mi-8Ts and Mi-8MTs of Russian Air Force over with Mi-8MTV-5-1 which
the past five years and will let you know more about its operational and technical is a mount for installation
of powerful searchlight
capabilities.
under the nose for night
SAR missions. It has
also slight difference
with Mi-8MTV-5-1 in its
BACKGROUND electronical systems.
Before Soviet Union collapse, it was planned to replace all of the Mi-8s across (Photo by Savistky Vadim/
Russian MOD)
the country with a more modern and capable medium transport helicopter named
Mi-8M which was later renamed as Mi-38 in 1990s. Mil OKB was contracted by
the Soviet Union Ministry of Defense to work on the new helicopter on 30th July
1981. Mi-38 development was delayed due to financial problems and finally it lost
its public funding on 18th December 1992 forcing its developer and designer, the
Kazan Helicopter Plant to approach European company Eurocopter to restart the
project after formation of Euromil consortium in 1994.
The Russian Air Force lost interest in the Mi-38 after USSR Collapse but
instead the Kazan plant launched various projects for modernization of the
Mil Mi-8 helicopter to meet the needs of the Russian Air Force in 2000s. The
Mi-8MTV-1 equipped with powerful TV3-117VM turboshaft engines which
was developed on basis of lessons learnt from weaknesses of Mi-8T and
Mi-8MT helicopters equipped with weaker TV2-117A and TV3-117MT engines
during Afghanistan war. Mi-8MTV-1 which had been manufactured by Kazan

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Mi-8MTV-5-1s of Russian Air Forces
549th Army Aviation Base with 12
and 14 RED side numbers during an
exercise while both are equipped
with B-8V20 rocket pods. (Photo by
Andrei Zinchuk/ Russian MOD)

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Mi-8MTV-5-1 large side doors are
providing fast-roping capability for
airborne troops. Here the 36 RED/
RF-90673 from Kursk demonstrate
this capability during ARMY-2016. (No.387) helicopter manufacturing plant since 1988, was chosen as platform for
(Russian Helicopters official photo) development of new medium sized transport helicopter for military use.
Mi-8MTV-2 another derivative of the Mi-8MTV entered the Kazan plant
manufacturing line only a year before the USSR collapse. Furthermore, having
enhanced armour protection and upgraded avionic systems such as new radio
in comparison with MTV-1, its cargo hold had space and seats for 30 troops
instead of 24. This helicopter was selected as platform for development of new
member of Mi-8 helicopters family for use by the Russian Air Force in early
1990s. The new Mi-8 helicopter variant, named as Mi-17MD was planned to have
improved flight and operational characteristics, more reliability for operations in
all weather conditions.
Mi-17MD was equipped with a SLG-300 retractable hoist beside its left side
door which was also more widened for SAR ops. The hoist had capability to pick
up two persons during SAR missions. It had a second front-entry door located
in right side which caused displacement of its KO-50 on-board heater from front
side of its right fuel tank to above the new side door. It was also equipped with
three-piece aft cargo door with square shaped empennage with a lower part
retractable via hydraulically operated actuators.
First Mi-17MD prototype was manufactured from a Mi-8MTV-GA prototype
first flown in 1994 which was actually a Mi-17M prototype with CCCP-95448
register before manufactured in 1991. With RA-70937 civil register, the Mi-17MD
was for first time unveiled to public during 36th Paris Air Show in June 1995
and quickly after that in August during MAKS 95 airshow and then Farnborough
Air Show of 1996. In 1997, the prototype was equipped with new one-piece
hydraulically operated ramp door also its Electro-Optical system or FLIR camera
installed under its nose was removed. In this new form, the RA-70937 while was
painted in Russian Air Force colors was unveiled to public for first time in August
1997 during Moscow Air Show or MAKS 97.

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Mi-17V-5 V prototype with 742 BLACK side number was
demonstrated by Kazan Helicopters during ARMY-2017.
(Photo by Babak Taghvaee)

One of four Mi-8MTV-


5-1s of 549th Army
Aviation Base detached
to the Levashovo
airport. (Photo by
Sergey Kuznetsov)

L370-5 (a.k.a PRESIDENT-S) DIRCM which is proposed to be installed on Mi-8MTV-5-1 V


the upgraded version of Mi-8MTV-5-1. (Photo by Babak Taghvaee)

Not all of Mi-8MTV-5-1s are in two


tone olive camouflage some of them
including this one with 23 WHITE side
number are in overall gunship grey
camo. This one belongs to 15th Army
Aviation Base. (Photo by Sergey
Kuznetsov)

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549th Army Aviation Bases Mi-8MTV-5-1 with 23 RED side
number can be seen flying near Levashovo in harsh weather.
It has No Mushroom-Shaped Dust protection Device on its
engine air intakes because the area of its operarions in Saint
Petersburg Oblast. (Photo by Sergey Kuznetsov)

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Mi-8MTV-5-1 hasnt capability of
carrying large rescue searchlight under
its nose like Mi-8AMTSh, but it has NVG
compatible instrumentation with Green The Mi-17MD prototype later received two new designated names,
dim light for night flights. (Pictures by Mi-8MTV-5 and Mi-17V-5 (export name) and publicly presented with these names
Sergey Kuznetsov)
during MAKS 2001. This helicopter which was finally named Mi-17V-5 was heavily
damaged in an accident during a presentation in Chile on 4th June 2002. Two
years before production of Mi-8MTV-5 was launched in Kazan plant after start of
design and manufacture of new jig and fixtures and special tools for production
of its new parts. At same time a further series of improvements happened in the
Mi-8MTV-5 design such as a new stretched dolphin nose or radome to house
a larger and more capable weather radar instead of smaller and older chin-
mounted radome of Mi-8MTV-1.

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Two of Mi-8MTV-5-1s under production
for Russian Air Force at Kazan
Helicopters plant in August 2017. They
can be distinguished from Mi-17V-5s
with their large chaff/flare dispenser
modules behind their engine air
intakes. (Photo by Babak Taghvaee)

8A813C Kontur-10C weather radar installed under nose cone of a RuAFs


Mi-8MTV-5-1 under production at Kazan Plant in August 2017. (Photo by
Babak Taghvaee)

This is 97322 a Mi-8MTV-5-1 under production for RuAF at Kazan


plant. Is planned to be delivered in 2018. (Photo by Babak Taghvaee)

One of two Mi-8MTV-5-1s of RuAF in final


assembly line of Kazan Helicopters plant while
has even its pylons and mounts installed. This
one is planned to be delivered RuAF by end of
2017. (Photo by Babak Taghvaee)
RF-24774 and RF-24775,
two Mi-8MTV-5-1s of 378th
Army Aviation Base of RuAF
at Vyazma during landing at The new design revisions of the Mi-8MTV-5 (Mi-17V-5) was introduced to the
Kubinka in May 2017. (Photo by Ulan-Udeh factory as well, the manufacturer of the Mi-8AMT (Mi-171), an assault
Fyodor Borisov/ Russian MOD)
variant of the Mi-8MT resulting creation of Mi-8AMTSh (Mi-171Sh) equipped with
one piece ramp cargo door and two side doors as well as the LPG-300 rescue
hoist. But still based on customer request the older two-pieces clam-shell aft
cargo doors were still available for installation on both Mi-17V-5 and Mi-171.

TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES
Mi-8MTV-5 multipurpose helicopter is a modernization of Mi-8MTV rotorcraft,
which has acquired a positive reputation during its operation in many countries
of the world. Helicopter has advanced performance and is fitted with dolphin
type nose, ramp, additional right sliding door, left widened sliding door. The
Mi-8MTV-5 is a single-rotor scheme helicopter with tail rotor. The helicopter is
powered by two TV-3-117VM gas turbine engines with take-off power 1,900hp
(also can be equipped with VK-2500-03 engines) that provide high flight safety
level as the flight is possible in case of one engine failure. Helicopter has main
rotor with five blades and tail rotor with three blades.

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Mi-8AMTSh manufactured by
Ulan-Udeh factory is primarily
in use for airborne assault. It has
a large searchlight under nose
usable for night flights specially
during search and rescue
missions. (Photo by Vadim
Savitsky/ Russian MoD)

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26 RED is one of four Mi-8MTV-
5-1s of 549th Army Aviation
Base stationed in Lavashovo
Air Base since 2016. (Photo by
Sergey Kuznetsov)

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39 RED/ RF-24774 and 40 RED/
RF-24775, two Mi-8MTV-5-1s
of 378th Army Aviation Base of
Helicopter is manufactured in basic transport Mi-8MTV-5 (without armament
RuAF at Vyazma during landing
at Kubinka in May 2017. (Photo by provisions) and military transport Mi-8MTV-5-1 (with provisions for armament)
Fyodor Borisov/ Russian MOD) equipped with KSS-28N-2 communication system. For transport mission, it can
carry a cargo inside the cabin up to 4,000kg or large sized cargoes up to 4,000kg
by external sling. For Search and Rescue and also medical evacuation, it has the
LPG-300 hoist to lift 300kg cargo (two people) during hovering at height of up to
50-55m and also an LPG-150 hoist to lift 150kg cargo (one person) up to 40m.
Mi-8MTV-5 can transport up to 36 paratroopers and soldiers with
equipment. It can also transport up to 12 casualties (injured) on stretchers
with medical attendant or can carry both injured troops in sitting and on
stretcher simultaneously during MEDEVAC missions. For parachute jumping
or para-trooping its ramp door can be removed and safety barriers can be
installed enabling 19 troopers to drop through sliding doors and cargo door.
Simultaneously, it lift up to seven cargo bags (weight of each bag less than
100kg) which can be dropped by means of SU-R release devices.
For self-protection against the MANPADS and air to air missiles, the
Mi-8MTV-5 is equipped with L166V-11E Ispanka (Hot Brick) microwave IR
jammer and 32-round 26 mm UV-26M or UV-26S-02 chaff/flare launchers
installed on the top of its main fuselage. For close air support and any other
kind of combat missions, it can be equipped with six pylons in both sides able to
carry B-8V20 rocket launchers (carrying 20 S-8 unguided 80mm calibre rockets),
UPK-23-250 gun pods equipped with GS-23L cannon and 250 rounds,
KMGU-2 munitions dispenser as well as various unguided or iron bombs with
maximum 500kg weight. Unlike Mi-8AMTSh assault variant manufactured by
Ulan-Udeh, Mi-8MTV-5s cant carry and launch 9M120 Ataka ( AT-9 Spiral-2)
anti-tank missiles.
The Mi-8MTV-5 has 8A813C Kontur-10C for weather and navigation with ability
to detect dangerous areas of convectional clouds and storm activity. It has a
A813-0106 240mm x 380mm slot array antenna installed in the dolphin nose cone
or radome with 25 dB amplification power and 45 degrees or 60 degrees
azimuth scanning range weighting 4.0kg connected to a A813-5704 Transmitter-

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84 and 85 YELLOW are two of several
Mi-8MTV-5-1s in service of 344th
Combat Training Center, 4 TsBP i PLS
(4th Center for Combat Employment
and Retraining of Personnel VVS) at
Torzhok. (Photo by Sergey Kuznetsov)

Receiver Unit with weight of 5.5kg.


installed in avionic bay behind the radar
which sends the information for display on
A813-0407 or 0408 CRT display for color-
imaging of the radar. Nowadays this 3.5kg
CRT display has given its place to A813-
0409 MFD with weight of 2kg which can
not only display color radar, but also TCAS
and TAWS data as well as navigation data
from navigation systems. The Kontur-
10C can automatically detect dangerous
meteorological condition at a distance of
150km. In case of turbulence, its detection
range (in automatic mode) is 100km.

IN SERVICE OF RUSSIAN
AIR FORCE
Kazan Helicopters manufactured
several Mi-8MTV-5-1s for Joint State Tests
of the Russian Ministry of Defense which This is 23 RED one of four
Mi-8MTV-5-1s of 549th Army
entered in service of various RuAF units. First of the pre-production example was Aviation Base at Levashovo.
20 RED with 96650 construction number was rolled out of the factory in 2007 It has No conventional
mushroom shaped dust
and was operated by the 549th Air Group (former 332nd Independent Helicopter
protection device on its
Regiment) at Pribylovo, Leningrad Oblast. The helicopter was later equipped with engine air intakes. It has
TV3-117VM-SBM1V engines and became izdeliye 835 in 2012 and underwent RWR antennas in front of
the chin bubbles as well as
joint state tests at Torzhok in 2013. armour around them. (Photo
In 2008, five more examples were manufactured and all entered the 549th by Sergey Kuznetsov)

Air Group at Pribylovo. In 2009, nine more examples with 96774 to 96781
construction numbers and also 96793 c/n were manufactured by Kazan and all
received 75 to 83 BLUE bort numbers. They entered in service of the 387th AA
AvB at Budennovsk and received RF-95659 to RF-95667 serial numbers.
Following the lessons learnt from the Georgian war in 2008 and when the
Russian Air Force commanders realized that the force needs a huge number

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Thanks to its NVG
compatible Instrument
Panel, the Mi-8MTV-5-1
of new Mi-8 family helicopters to replace the ageing Mi-8MTs still in service,
has great Instrument
Flight capability. Here it decisions were made to equip the Army Aviation Units of the RuAF with
can be seen prior a night Mi-8MTV-5 and Mi-8AMT within ten years. First contract was finalized between
flight. (Photo by Sergey
Kuznetsov) Russian Helicopters and the Russian Ministry of Defense for 140 Mi-8MTV-5-1s
manufactured by Kazan and 132 Mi-8AMT (Various variants) manufactured by the
Ulan-Ude on 1st March 2011.
Soon first batch of serial manufactured Mi-8MTV-5-1s consisted of seven
examples with 41 to 47 RED bort numbers were handed over the 549th Army
Aviation Force Base in two cities of Pribylovo and Levashovo. Followed to them
seven more examples with 84 BLUE to 90 BLUE side numbers were completed
and handed over the 387th AvB at Budyonnovsk in 2011. Production of these
fourteen helicopters had been started in 2009. Five more examples with 14 to 18
RED bort numbers were also delivered the 549th AvB in 2013.
The 344th Combat Training Center of the 4 TsBP i PLS (4th Center for Combat
Employment and Retraining of Personnel VVS) at Torzhok which had received the
first pre-production examples of the Mi-8MTV-5-1s for joint state tests and also
instructor and test pilot trainings received two more examples with 96855 and
96935 construction numbers in 2011. In 2012, three more examples with 80, 84
and 85 YELLOW bort bumbers were delivered the training center at Torzhok.
By the end of 2012, total 35 Mi-8MTV-5-1s were delivered to the units in
Western District. Also in that year, several others were delivered units in Southern
Military District within framework of the state defense order. In 2013, the next
batch of Mi-8MTV-5-1s were delivered to newly formed 15th Army Aviation
Brigade of the RuAF at Ostrov. According to the statistics twelve first examples

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of Ostrov with 97131 to 97142 construction numbers and 19 to 30 WHITE side
numbers respectively were rolled out of the factory between 16th August and
4th October 2013. They were painted all in overall gunship grey camouflage.
Sixteen more examples were manufactured and delivered the newly formed
Army Aviation unit in Ostrov in 2014. First batch was consisted of ten examples
with 31 to 40 WHITE side numbers were delivered on 16th January 2014 and
second batch of six with 57 to 62 WHITE side numbers later that year. 19 WHITE
(c/n 97131) was later lost during an instrument flight training mission within 4.5km
distance from its air base at Ostrov on 8th February 2016. Reason of the accident
was main gearbox failure shortly after take-off which resulted death of all four
crewmembers during that training flight.

KEEPING THE AIRCREWS COMBAT READY


Five months after formation of the 15th Army Aviation Brigade, on 2nd April
2014, two Mi-8MTV-5-1s and two Mi-24Ps of the unit took part in a training
exercise of the Russian Army in the Western Military District during which they
provided fire support for units of the Airborne Forces from Kresty airfield where
they had been deployed a day before. During the exercise, the Mi-8 pilots
practiced rocketry and gunnery and finally bombing against land targets in a
training landfill or range in the Pskov region. Total five Mi-8MTV-5s with ten sets
of aircrews took part in the three days exercise.
On 8th July 2014, for first time the ace Mi-8MTV-5-1 pilots from various army
aviation units of RuAF took part in exercise Aviadarts-2014. They flew with 344th

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Depending on area of their
assignment and nature
of their mission, RuAFs
Mi-8MTV-5-1s come in two Combat Training Centers Mi-8MTV-5-1s during the exercise and carried out
different color schemes.
(Photo by Kirill Andreev/
rocketry and gunnery from Torzhok Air Base.
Russian MOD) Between 18th and 20th February 2015, the 549th Air Group as a part of the
549th Army Aviation Base at Pribylovo took part in tactical flight exercise at
Kingisepp aerial range and the Kirillovskoye combined-arms gunnery range at
Leningrad district. During the exercise, almost ten Mi-24PNs and Mi-8MTV-5-1s
were used by the aircrews to not only practice gunnery, rocketry and bombing
against targets within 500m to 5km distance in day and night rather designing
new combat tactics.
In June 2016, the Army Aviation Units in the South-Eastern Military District
took part in a flight and tactical exercise to simulate tactical insertion and assault
of the troops behind enemy lines. During the exercise, several Mi-8AMTSh
Terminator and Mi-8MTV-5-1s and total 20 sets of aircrews took part. The
Mi-8MTV-5-1s were from 387th AA AvB at Budennovsk. After insertion of the
troops in Tarskoe gunnery range in North Ossetia and Arzgir gunnery range at
Stavropol district, the helicopter pilots had to practice flight in low level, maintain
radio contact and GLONASS and road navigation as well as refuelling in pre-
planned temporary bases. They also carried cargo and ammunition and provided
close air support and escort for the troops on the ground.
During another flight-tactical exercise (LTU) which was this time hold in Western
Military District, 20 Mi-8MTV-5s, Mi-24PNs and Mi-35Ms from 549th Army Aviation
Base and Air Group practiced gunnery, rocketry and bombing in day and night at
Kingisepp aviation range in the Leningrad Region between 11th and 15th July 2016.
Main goal of the exercise was to check the readiness of the flight crew to perform
combat and special tasks for the combat purposes as well as practical training of
new tactical methods and full use of their combat capabilities.

PEAK OF MASS PRODUCTION BY KAZAN PLANT


JSC Kazan Helicopters mass produced the Mi-8MTV-5-1s faster than what
was scheduled in 2011. On 23th April 2014, the factory completed production of
total 7,500 Mi-8/17 family helicopters. The 7500th Mi-8 was a Mi-8MTV-5-1 with

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86 YELLOW side number but with Mi-172
type clam-shell doors and aerials like a
Mi-8MTV-5-1 painted in two shades of
olive drab with light blue under side.
On 16th July 2015, during the ceremony
for acceptance of military products in the
National Defense Management Center at
Moscow, the Russian Helicopters holding
company handed over another batch of six
Mi-8MTV-5-1s equipped with new lighting
system for the flight deck to enable its
flight crew to use night vision goggles. The
helicopters are believed to be the 97305 to
97310 which received 38 to 43 RED bort
numbers and handed over the 378th Army
Aviation Base of RuAF at Vyazma.
On 13th May 2016, a batch of six
Mi-8MTV-5-1s were handed over the
Russian Air Forces Southern Military
District while six more examples were
delivered another RuAFs Army Aviation
Base this time in a Western Military
District on 16th December 2016. Two more
examples were delivered to another unit
which increased total number of delivered
Mi-8MTV-5-1s to 16 in 2016.
On 22nd February 2017, total sixteen The Mi-17V-5 V prototype
Mi-8MTV-5-1s with 01 to 16 YELLOW bort numbers were delivered 1st Aviation has a KNEI-8 integrated
avionic system consisted of
Squadron 48th Army Aviation Base of RuAF located in Kamensk Uralsky under four Multifunctional Displays
state defense order. Before that the unit was operating eighteen Mi-8MTs, (MFDs), Flight Management
System (FMS) and etc.
Mi-8MDs, Mi-8MTV-1s and Mi-8MTV-2s as well as two Mi-26Ts in its 1st, 2nd (Photo by Babak Taghvaee)
and 3rd Aviation Squadrons. Four of the ageing Mi-8s had reached their MTBO
(Meantime between Overhaul) and the rest were going to reach end of their
airframes life. After their arrival new Mi-8MTV-5-1s, five of the ageing Mi-8MTs
were withdrawn from service, the remaining ageing Mi-8s were entered in service
of the 2nd AE leaving 1st AE only equipped with new helicopters.
The 48th Aviation Base has also a 3rd Aviation Squadron which is stationed
in Danilovo Air Base. The 48th Army Aviation Base which was an Aviation Group
of RuAFs 6980th AvB until 1st December 2011, has responsibility to take part
in search and rescue missions for recovery of Soyuz spacecraft occupants in
Kazakhstan since 2007.
On 7th June 2017, completion of 100th Mi-8MTV-5-1 out of 140 ordered
examples at Kazan Helicopters Plant was announced during visit of the Deputy
Minister of Defense of Russia, Yuri Borisov. Production of 40 more examples are
planned to be completed until 2020. In next month on 26th July, a new batch of
six Mi-8MTV-5-1s were delivered RuAF ahead of schedule after passing all of
their post-manufacture FCF (Functional Check Flight) and flight and ground tests.

MI-8MTV-5-V
Based on the lessons learnt from the war in Syria, JSC Kazan Helicopters has

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A pair of 549th Army
Aviation Base Mi-8MTV-5-
1s equipped with B-8V20
rocket pods. (Photo by
developed a new variant of the Mi-8MTV-5/ Mi-17V-5 helicopter more intended
Sergey Kuznetsov) for export rather than being sold or used by Russian Air Force. The new variant
name is designated as Mi-8MTV-5 V with export name of Mi-17V-5 V. The
helicopter is visually different with the Mi-8MTV-5 with a FLIR or EO/IR system
installed under nose, President-S DIRCM under the pylons and tail boom as well
as new PUREAir air intake dust filters. Unlike the RuAFs Mi-8MTV-5-1s which
have conventional analogue instrumentation to lower the costs of manufacture,
the Mi-17V-5 V has a KNEI-8 integrated avionic system consisted of four
Multifunctional Displays (MFDs), Flight Management System (FMS) and etc.
This helicopter is equipped with more powerful Russian-Made VK-2500PS-03
type engines each with 2,400hp power instead of Ukrainian made TV3-117VM
with 1,900hp power. The engine is also equipped with BARK-6B-7S FADEC (Fully
Digital System with Flow Control). The new engines caused installation of more
powerful VR-17 gearbox instead of VR-14. The new gearbox can work up to 20
minutes after loss of its oil in emergency condition. The new helicopter has also
stronger Safir-5K/G APU instead of Ai-9V APU with ability to start the engines at
altitude of 6,000m (19,685ft) without any problem.
The L370-5 (a.k.a PRESIDENT-S) installed on Mi-8MTV-5 V is a Russian Infrared
Countermeasures System of the DIRCM (Directional Infrared Counter Measures)
variety, designed to protect aircraft and helicopters by jamming the missile
guidance of IR (heat seeking) missiles by laser and radiofrequency/ electronic
jamming of the missile seeker of mostly MANPADS such as Russian made Igla and
US Made Stinger. The system has been successfully tested in the war in Syria and
showed its efficiency on-board RuAFs Mi-8AMTShV Combat Search and Rescue
Helicopters since 2015.

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The new helicopter has also a new fit
and forget PUREAir dust protection filter
system manufactured by Pall Corporation
similar to the one installed on Mi-171A2
instead of Mushroom shaped conventional
DPDs. It increases flight safety, and
engine power compared to the activated
Dust Protection Unit (DPU) mushroom
separator system. It prevents engine
erosion and protects the engine from
Foreign Object Damage (FOD) and allows
pilots to conduct brownout landings in the Mi-8MTV-5-1s of RuAFs
15th, and 378th Army
safest way rather than the quickest way. It can also be installed all year round Aviation Bases as
snow and ice protection and minimize Hot Gas Ingestion (HGI) and reduce power well as 344th Training
Center are inseparable
loss due to uniform airflow distribution. participants of annual
Victory Day parade.
(Photo by Russian
Ministry of Defense)
FUTURE OF THE FLEET
The Mi-8MTV-5-1 service life limit is 7,000 hours or 25 years of operation
which can be extended to 35 years in case of renewal or lifetime extension
if needed. Meant Time Between Overhaul (MTBO) of the Mi-8MTV-5-1 is not
significantly different from the older Mi-8MTVs or even Mi-8MT. It is 1,500 hours
or eight years of operation in temperate climate (seven years in tropical climate)
until first overhaul and seven years in temperate climate (six years in tropical
climate) before next overhauls. Their TV3-117VM engines service life limit is 4,500
flight hours and can be operated for 1,500 hours until its first overhaul while their
next MTBO is also 1,500 flight hours. There are still huge numbers of spare parts
available for the engines and even its Ukrainian manufacturer is still supplying
Russian MoD with the spare parts and technical support for the engine.
It is expected that the Army Aviation Units of the Russian Air Force operate
the Mi-8MTV-5-1 fleet until end of 2040s. If No replacement solution will be
found for them, they can be operated even until end of 2050. According to
the CEO of Kazan Helicopters Plant (part of Russian Helicopters) Vadim Ligay
during his interview with the author on 24th August 2017, production of Mi-38T
transport helicopter for Russian Ministry of Defense will not cause termination of
Mi-8/17 production lines in Kazan Helicopters. He added Mi-38T will be used
beside current fleet and future generations of Mi-8 in Russian Air Force.
No new Mi-8MTV-5 V are planned to be ordered by Russian MoD in-order
to be used by the Russian Air Force, but the current fleet of Mi-8MTV-5-1s will
be slightly modernized in the level in a three to five years period from 2018.
Renovation of the helicopter fleet of the Ministry of Defense of Russia is one of the
priorities of the holding company Helicopters of Russia. One of the key projects
that we are implementing in the interests of the Russian military department is the
modernization of the Mi-8MTV-5-1 helicopters. The machines will be equipped
with a new auxiliary power unit, as well as receive advanced radio-electronic
and navigation equipment. All these improvements will significantly improve the
flight and operational characteristics of the helicopter said Andrey Buginsky, the
general director of the holding Company Russian Helicopters.
Now Russian Air Force operates almost 105 Mi-8MTV-5-1s in service of four
Army Aviation Bases, one Army Aviation Group, one Army Aviation Brigade and
a Training Center in Central, Western, and Southern Military Districts. While soon
delivery of its fleet of 134 Mi-8AMTSh and Mi-8AMTShV will be completed within
next two years. These helicopters will be upgraded and then supplemented with
more powerful and modern Mi-38Ts from 2020. v

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