Russian Aerospace Forces to receive 28 Mi helicopters before end of 2018

The Russian Defense Ministry and the Russian Helicopters company have signed the first serial contract on the delivery of Mi helicopters.

The Russian Defense Ministry and the Russian Helicopters company have signed the first serial contract on the delivery of Mil Mi-28UB combat training helicopters to Russia's Aerospace Forces, as well as a contract on the delivery of Mil Mi-26 helicopters as part of the state defense order.

"Under the terms of the contracts, two Mi-26 heavy transport helicopters and the first serial batch of 24 Mi-28UB most advanced combat training helicopters will be transferred to the Aerospace Forces before the end of 2018," the Defense Ministry's press service told Interfax on Sunday.

These state contracts were signed by Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov and Russian Helicopters general director Alexander Mikheyev, the ministry said.

"The Mi-28UB differs from its predecessor by having dual controls, as well as the improved ergonomic characteristics of the cabins of the pilot-in-command and the pilot operator. Such an arrangement helps more rapidly retrain army aviation pilots with fully preserving the aircraft's combat potential," the Defense Ministry said.

The Mi-26 heavy transport helicopter is still the world's most powerful serially produced helicopter, which is intended to transport military hardware and different supplies, as well as airlift landing personnel and injured troops, it said.

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