Mir wrote:Yes clearly the third version is more combat orientated with all the self defense equipment fitted. It also carries the name mi-8AMTSh-1 - same as the standard VIP version. I guess this version would be good for a General to go and kick someones butt on the front line
No, actually the generals go in the standard VIP version, in the special version the Minister of Defense himself goes
In any case it is not a "version" manufactured in series, but a singular helicopter
The designation is the same, in any case to distinguish the helicopter the Minister of Defense, I would call it "Mi8AMTSh-1 MD"
The materials of the arbitration case A40-81707 / 14 revealed some details of the delivery of the exclusive Mi-8AMTSh-1 helicopters to the Russian Air Force, ordered under the former Minister of Defense I.E. Serdyukov and combining the features of military and civilian VIP aviation thanks to weapon systems and electronic wrestling (EW), as well as a VIP-salon with leather furniture.
The initial decision No.MI-8AMTSh-06-2010 on the procedure for the manufacture, testing, delivery of two MI-8AMTSh-1 helicopters and their admission into operation was approved by the Chief of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces N. Makarov on July 1, 2011. This decision substantiated the need to manufacture for the needs of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation on the basis of the serially produced OJSC U-UAZ military transport helicopter MI-8AMTSh two helicopters-salons of the new modification Mi-8AMTSh-1. OJSC “U-UAZ” was identified as the lead contractor for the manufacture and supply of aircraft, with which on August 1, 2011 a corresponding state contract was concluded for the supply of two helicopters with serial numbers AMTS01643115707U and AMTS01643115708U. The cost of each of them amounted to 304 million rubles.