Six more Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters were delivered to Belarus
As reported on April 7, 2017 by the Belarusian news agency BELTA, the second batch of Russian Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters was delivered to the airbase of the Air Force and the Belorussian Air Defense Forces in Machulishchi.
The arriving party of six helicopters completed the contract for the supply of 12 military vehicles to the Ministry of Defense of Belarus. The first batch was transferred to the country in the fall of 2016 by the holding company Helicopters of Russia. Initially, the delivery of the final batch was planned for May of this year, however Kazan Helicopter Plant was able to provide cars in April.
Helicopters entered the arsenal of the 50th mixed air base in Machulishchi. As the commander of the airbase Andrey Lukyanovich told, the flight and technical staff of the crews were retrained in advance for the operation of this type of helicopters. "The training was conducted by the specialists of the Kazan Helicopter Plant, and the combat training and combat potential of the air base personnel are at a high level," said Andrei Lukyanovich.
The deputy commander of the Air Force and air defense forces - the chief of aviation Alexander Karev met helicopters at Machulishchi aerodrome. He stressed that the machines received within the framework of strengthening military-technical cooperation will allow the Belarusian army, in particular aviation, to increase combat potential, reliability, and flight safety. "Unique equipment allows helicopters to fly at any time of the day, at low altitudes, in difficult meteorological conditions, to perform parachute and parachute landing. The complex of defense installed on the machines increases their survivability several times," stressed Alexander Karev.
The senior inspector-pilot of the Air Force and Air Defense Forces, Alexander Ryzhkovsky, reported to the meeting that the distillation of the helicopters was routine, even minor breakdowns were not allowed. "The flights were performed in difficult weather conditions, and the newest equipment allowed them to be carried safely, despite the external similarity to the simple Mi-8 helicopter, these helicopters of the next generation," the pilot said.The bmpd comment.
As already noted, 12 Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters, ordered by Belarus in 2015, are equipped with the new on-board defense complexes "President-S".