Again from the Maks air show:
MAKS – New models Mi-34C1, Ka-226T, Mi-38, and Mi-26T2 showcased | Helihub - the Helicopter Industry Data SourceMAKS – New models Mi-34C1, Ka-226T, Mi-38, and Mi-26T2 showcased
...The experimental Mi-26T2 will be among the innovations presented at the Russian Helicopters exposition. It is currently continuing test flights. The helicopter is fitted with a modern BREO-26 avionics suite designed by Ramenskoye Design Company. The glass cockpit of the Mi-26 T2 is equipped with five multi-functional LCDs that can display a coloured image of external load, a new digital autopilot and a new navigation system supporting NAVSTAR/GLONASS. The helicopter is also fitted with an additional Tranzas TSL-1600 light to visually control external load at night. It is capable both of standard and IR lighting to be used in combination with night vision goggles. Apart from this, modernised D-136-2 engines are intended for this machine. They are a step forward from the D-136 in their use of FADEC, an emergency power output of 12500 hp available at temperatures up to +30ºС, and takeoff power that has been increased by 250 hp at maximum takeoff mode.
The new avionics allow the operation of this helicopter in any point on the planet and let it perform flights to international IFR standards. Modern equipment has brought down the total crew headcount to 2 from 5, adding an operator to work with the external sling if necessary. The remaining cabin space has been given to people accompanying load.
Google ÜbersetzerIn the near future in India, the Winners of three helicopter tender
MOSCOW, October 5. (ARMS-TASS). In India, currently implementing a number of tenders to replace the existing fleet of helicopters. Soon the three of them will be the winners, according to the weekly "Aviation Week and Space Technology."
The three tender worth $ 2.5 billion for the purchase include the Indian Air Force 22 percussion, 12 heavy vehicles and 197 light utility helicopters...
...Officials familiar with the course of the tender for attack helicopters, note that, following the end of 2010 tests, which included training of helicopter shooting weapons, the AH-64D "Apache" is more liked by the Indian Air Force than the Mi-28N " Night Hunter. Tests were conducted both outsite and in the producing country. An officer of the Western Air Command in New Delhi said that the tests on both machines worked perfectly, but at the same time, the superiority of American systems in such key features as the increased capability and all-weather use, it was obvious.
The contract to supply 22 helicopters in the long term plan to extend to 44 or more machines. Initially envisaged to expand the park, and then replace the aging attack helicopters Mi-25 and Mi-35 Russian-made...
AVX Wins JMR Helo Study Contract | AVIATION WEEKAVX Wins JMR Helo Study Contract
AVX Aircraft, a small Texas company staffed largely by former Bell engineers, has won a U.S. Army contract to study a potential replacement for the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopter....
Excellent, that's the same concept I want to see us co-developing with the Russians, based on the Kamov Ka 92:
Two pusher rotors instead of one and a rear ramp, but otherwise it would be a great replacement for all the medium range helicopters in IAF and IA (Mi 8, Mi 17, Sea King), with more speed and range than current gen helicopters. Another advantage is the coax rotor design and the lack of a tail rotor, which reduces the size and makes it more useful for naval operations, be it on an LPD/LHD, or even for Frigats, Destroyers or ICG patrol vessels.
Nice article about the LUH competition and HALs LUH development in the new Sp's Aviation magazin:
Helicopters - Twin Tracking - SP's AviationHelicopters - Twin Tracking
By Air Marshal (Retd) V.K. Bhatia
While both parties are rooting for their respective products, ultimately L1 could emerge as the decisive factor for the final selection. The good news is that many-faceted parameters such as reliability, availability, maintainability and life-cycle costs are included while determining the L1...
Full article here:
SP's Aviation May 2012 e-Magazine - SP's Aviation
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