Impressive growth in recent years, increasing the production of helicopters of the Russian Federation. So, in 2007, was built 102 helicopters in 2009 — 183 cars, and in 2010 — 214 units. This year, the company "Helicopters of Russia" has plans to produce 267 helicopters, and the plan for 2012 involves overcoming the milestone of 300 machines. If before the industry was producing mainly for civil helicopters or export orders, but now more and more of helicopters is domestic aviation.
Start taking off
The first conspicuous supply helicopters to the needs of the Air Force began a couple of years ago. Since 2007, the shelves in the Leningrad Region and the North Caucasus has received about fifty new military transport helicopters. More than thirty attack helicopters were modernized for combat at night.
However, the operation to force Georgia to peace in the summer of 2008 revealed a number of weaknesses in the Russian army — opened for questions and helicopters. In this regard, it was decided to dramatically increase the supply of new helicopters, otherwise after a while would be nothing to fight even with Georgia.
The new state program of armaments helicopters paid much attention. The Russian army in 2010 alone will receive more than 100 machines. For example, about 50 aircraft. It should be noted that this is a record number of helicopters since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Further, the number of deliveries will be about 120-160 helicopters per year. During 2011-2020, a total planned supply the troops with about 1,500 helicopters. Provides for the formation of about 18 teams of Army Aviation Army and the District of subordination. Each of the teams will be staffed by 64 military transport and combat units. Airborne and air assault connections will gain their helicopter unit that will dramatically improve their flexibility and mobility.
"Black Shark" is replaced by the Ka-52
In the 95th year, has been adopted single-seat combat helicopter Ka-50 — "Black Shark". But during the operation of this magnificent for the flight characteristics of the machine, including during the fighting in Chechnya, have been identified not only advantages, but also disadvantages of single unit.
Therefore, it was decided to establish mass production of the new two-seater attack helicopter Ka-52A — "Alligator". The helicopter, which was established on the basis of the Ka-50 has the same great flight characteristics, it is well-armed and protected. The need of the Russian army in the "Alligator" is over 150 cars — 36 helicopters have been ordered. According to the plant "Progress", the company is able to produce up to two cars a month.
To date, the first 8 serial "Alligator" is transferred to the Russian aviation. Recently, four Ka-52A, one of them arrived in the village Chernigovka that in Primorye, the air base of the second digit. Deliver cars in the linear parts that are relatively close to the plant — it is the right and the old tradition. New cars break down more often, and sometimes need to be improved, and they are being developed with errors. In this regard, the engineers from the company often has to happen in combat units. Under this plan, all the pilots in the air base Chernigovka change on "Alligator" by the end of 2012. Perhaps, in the southern Kurils will be based group of the air base.
The main strength
The main attack helicopter of the Russian army is the Mi-28N — "Night Hunter". This helicopter has a magnificent armor, well tyagovooruzhen, capable of carrying large combat load. Helicopter Armament consists of a 30mm cannon, 16 anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) "Attack-In," a destructive force which is from 6 to 10 km, missiles "air-air" out of control rockets, bombs and cluster bombs.
Adopted the Mi-28N officially adopted in 2009. Now available in 16 helicopters a year, and plans to issue will be brought up to 20-25 cars. Currently, "Night Hunter" is available at air bases in Korenovsk and Budennovsk and aviation center in Torzhok. Machines are practicing tactics of group and individual applications are taking part in the exercises. The total number of Mi-28N is more than forty units, and aviation requirements up to 2020 of 400 helicopters.
The Mi-28N is due to the complex avionics and weapons can be used to operate flights at night in complex meteorological situation. However, the radar station, which is scheduled to be installed, has not yet appeared on the production machines. It is planned that the radar on the "Hunter" will be established only after 2 years. Mi-28N and get a new opto-electronic system, and a new defense system board. Helicopter with all the innovations will be named Mi-28nm. His deliveries are anticipated in a few years.
Forever Young Mi-8 and other
But the lion’s share of deliveries take no shock, and transport-combat and transport vehicles. We are currently testing a new modification of the Mi-26T2, the most heavy transport helicopter in the world. Along with this "Rostvertol" conducts an intensive overhaul there is in the army Mi-26, many of whom have many years are "laid up."
In the troops intensely delivered new versions of "forever young" Mi-8. Recently, 10 Mi-8 arrived at the air base in Korenovsk. Helicopter equipped with new avionics, engines, quite satisfied Russian military and other consumers. However, after a few years, a new, deep modernization of Mi-8M will replace the current series on the line.
It is expected that in five to appear and a new high-speed (up to 450-500 km / h) Combat Vehicle — its development at the same time lead OKB. Mil and Kamov.
The most belligerent aircraft
Army aviation — this is the most "belligerent" component of the Russian Air Force. Helicopters bear the brunt of the military work in every military conflict. They threw punches and transported reinforcements, and planted tactical landings and take out the wounded, and conduct reconnaissance, and put a hitch. Part of the Army Air Corps in the mass combat missions in most of the conflicts of the past decades as a general rule is 60-75%.