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Russian Helicopters to present upgraded Mi-171Sh at ARMY-2020 for the first time

aerobd.news : The Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) will for the first time present upgraded Mi-171SH “Storm” military transport helicopter at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2020. The helicopter, featuring enhanced protection and unique strike capabilities, was manufactured at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant.

The first flying prototype of the helicopter will be demonstrated at the forum. The presentation will also include the IBKV-17VP “glass cockpit” avionics suite and model of the new target sight system.

“Upgraded Mi-171Sh provides superior level of protection for both the crew and transported troops, thanks to titanium and Kevlar armor protection, and the vehicle’s strike capabilities have been expanded to include guided missile weapons, noted the Director General of the Russian Helicopters, Andrey Boginsky. Mi-171SH is prepared for the most demanding combat and climatic conditions, which is why we named it “Storm” for our foreign customers. The name symbolizes its readiness to fight the elements, and on the other hand speaks of the helicopter’s flexible assault capabilities.”

Mi-171Sh “Storm” is equipped with upgraded engines, new rotor system with an improved profile composite main rotor and X-shaped tail rotor, as well as latest version of the President-S on-board aircraft defence system. The armouring effectively protects the crew and the most parts of the helicopter, as well as the troop compartment. Two sliding doors on the sides and a ramp enable ultra-fast troop deployment.

In addition, the helicopter comes with improved armament, including 12.7 mm calibre machine guns and modern guided missile weapons with the OPS-24N-1L target sight system, which allows to engage against various ground and air targets.

JSC “Russian Helicopters”, a part of Rostec State Corporation, is a leading player in the global helicopter industry, the sole Russian designer and manufacturer of helicopters. The Holding Company was established in 2007 and is headquartered in Moscow. We operate five helicopter assembly plants, two design bureaus, component production and maintenance enterprises, aircraft repair plants and one helicopter service company providing after-sales support in Russia and abroad. The customers of the Holding Company are the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Home Affairs, EMERCOM of Russia, and other state customers, Gazpromavia, UTair Aviation company, large Russian and foreign companies.

State Corporation Rostec is one of the largest industrial companies in Russia. It unites more than 800 scientific and industrial organisations in 60 regions of the country. Its key areas of activity are transport engineering, electronics, medical technology, chemistry and innovative materials. Rostec holdings form three clusters: electronics, weapons and aviation. The corporation’s portfolio includes such well-known brands as AvtoVAZ, KAMAZ, Kalashnikov, Russian Helicopters, Uralvagonzavod and others. Rostec is active in the implementation of all 12 national projects. The company is a key provider of Smart City technology, it is engaged in the digitisation of public administration, industry and social sectors, and it is developing plans for the development of 5G wireless technologies, an Industrial Internet of Things, big data and block-chain systems. Rostec partners with leading world manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, Daimler, Pirelli and Renault. The corporation’s products are delivered to more than 100 countries worldwide. Almost a third of the company’s revenue comes from the export of high-tech products.

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