Russia: new Mil Mi-26 helicopter version
One of the world's largest aircraft reaches its third variant
The Russian Aerospace Forces have received a modernized version of the Mil Mi-26 heavy transport military helicopter, one of the largest rotary-wing aircraft in the world. This is the "T2V" variant, the third of the aircraft, after the first "T" version and the second designated as "T2".
The Mil Mi-26 T2V helicopter sports a new engine, modernized electronics, advanced avionics, latest generation radio and satellite communication systems, state-of-the-art navigation systems, improved ergonomics and an improved piloting infrastructure.
The Mil Mi-26 in its basic version made its first flight on 14 December 1977, while its entry into service dates back to 1983. It has an empty weight of over 28 tons. It is equipped with two Ivchenko/Zaporozhye D-136 turbo engines with a range of 800 km. Its transport capacity is huge: 85 soldiers, 70 paratroopers or 20 tons of goods.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency