As a part of the Russian Federation has a new islandGeographical discoveries made using the Mi-26Crews Russian military helicopters Mi-26 opened a new island in the Arctic Ocean.
The island is about 500 square meters , the height above sea level - less than a meter. The presence here of the territory of Russia significantly shifts the limits of its exclusive economic zone deeper into the Arctic. As a result, the territorial waters of the Russian Federation increased by 452 square kilometers.
The new island was an unusual name "Yaya". This is due to the fact that each of the members of the crews of two Mi-26 helicopters began to shout: "This is me, I found it!".
Previously unknown island was discovered by air on Vasilevsky shoal crews of two Mi-26 helicopters, transport different technique from Yakut port Tixi on the New Siberian Islands. Geographical discovery expanded the territorial waters of the Russian Federation on the 452 sq. km.
Geographical discovery was made back in 2013, but not made public until scientific testing. Feature of many of the Arctic islands is that they are composed not of rocks and ice, over which a layer of soil. Over time, the ice melts, and the "island" disappear.
That is why the official announcement of the fact of geographical discoveries made by the Mi-26, was held a year later, after experts Hydrographic Service conducted studies and confirmed that a small sandy patch of land is an island.
Previously, the island was not marked on maps. In addition to the island of Yaya, the expedition managed to find other new objects: the island of Novaya Zemlya in the area, and the Straits capes. Since the last survey conducted in this part of the Arctic exactly one hundred years ago, from 1910 to 1914, the terrain has changed. Because global warming is melting glaciers centuries, discovering new islands and headlands.
The Mi-26 is the biggest and lifting production helicopter in the world. They are capable of carrying up to 20 tons of cargo on the external load or transport cabin. Mi-26 helicopters are also used to transport Marines wounded or fuel, as well as fighting fires. Helicopter at the factory "Rostvertol" holding "Russian Helicopters" . The commercial version has the designation of helicopter Mi-26T. Currently undergoing flight tests modernized Mi-26T2 with a reduced number of crew members, "glass" cockpit, advanced avionics and options for night use.
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