First party, new Mi-8AMTSh ("Terminator"), consisting of 10 items, entered service in battle Regiment Army Air Corps in the Kuban.
On this occasion, on the ground of a military airfield 393rd helicopter base Korenovsk, where he placed the regiment was organized a festive ceremony, which was attended by officers of the regiment, officials and journalists. Military pilots even had time to test the fighting during the flight from the factory (Ulan-Ude) to the place of destination in Korenovsk, proparhav In total 1085 km.
Aviation Regiment commander, Colonel Ryafagat Habibullin generally praised the reliability and capacity of the new "Terminator".
Specifically, he said: "The flight from Ulan-Ude to Korenovsk gave us the best opportunity to test in-flight reliability, both the helicopter and electrical equipment that is able to check under different weather conditions."
Shared his impressions of the trip and the Deputy Khabibulin, airman first class Colonel Yuri Oreshenkov: "In the day piloting a significant new capabilities, compared for example with the Mi-8, the designers did not invent. But the use of the Mi-night 8AMTSh showed that we came in service helicopter able to conduct independent, real fighting acts NIGHT MODE. It's really brand new opportunity, inherent only to "The Terminator" — said Oreshenkov.
The main task of the modern military machine, according Oreshenkova: "Is the task sudden emergence of an ambush in a combat zone, the rapid assault landing, launch missiles, and the same frisky moving to another location or back to the ambush. "Terminator" can do all these acts NIGHT MODE. "Highlight" of the new helicopter is its armament, which included a guided missile "Storm" or "Attack" and missiles, air-to-air "Needle" — also said Oreshenkov.
Another innovation of the Mi-8AMTSh allocated commander, Major Alexander Barsukov, the pilot of the first class, that's what he told reporters: "At the present rate of military conflicts of the helicopter landing troops have only a few seconds of the 10-s. If the helicopter turned around, high possibility that the helicopter is shot down. Specifically to reduce the time of landing troops on the "Terminator" with a 2-sides open sliding doors and automatic ramp that replaced the mechanical wing. "
The possibility of covert night-moving new helicopter pilots is provided by the introduction of night vision goggles. Because previously there was no such ability, the parts of the flight of the regiment had to learn a little further. You will also need to learn a little and maintenance personnel, the actions for which the successful flight of the helicopter depends on almost everything.
Equipping helicopter regiments with new combat vehicles such as the Mi-8AMTSh ("Terminator") certainly greatly increasing the combat readiness of Army Aviation and can detect enemy bases and reconnaissance with greater efficiency. Many military experts believe that the rapid development of military aviation, which occurs at escalating fighting abilities of ground forces of the army, can not quite make army aviation one of the main means of combating the external enemy that has excellent prospects. Against this background, ground attack aircraft will go into the shado
ws, for example, and that is confirmed by the beginning of reducing Attack Aviation Regiment.
Also, to the above mentioned features of the helicopter should be added that all helicopters Mi-8AMTSh than night vision goggles are equipped with a satellite navigation system GLONASS and GPS, allowing pilots to navigate freely at any time of the day and 2 radios for uninterrupted communication with ground crews. On board the terminator may take up to 34 fighters assault or intelligence.