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Description: The MIL Mi-8, dubbed Hip by NATO, is a twin-engine, multi-role, medium transport helicopter capable of transporting troops and equipment or conducting ground attack missions. Besides, the aircraft is also suitable for civilian operators related to a variety of transportation roles. The Mi-8 was developed in the late 1950s and 1960s by the Soviet Union, first flew on July 7, 1961, entering service in 1967. The five-bladed main rotor is driven by either two TV2-117 or TV3-117 turboshaft engines rated from 1,700-shp to 2,200-shp allowing a top speed of 230-250 kilometers per hour. In addition to its crew of two/three men, the standard Mi-8 can transport as many as 24/28 troops. The Mi-17 was the export designation for the Soviet Mi-8. The Mi-171 refers to the modern production standard introduced in 1991. The aircraft design and technologies evolved over 60 years with the current production standards (various models) being far more sophisticated and performant than early models. More than 12,000 Mi-8/17/171 helicopters of all models were produced or are in production for the Soviet Union, Russia and international customers. As of November 2013, roughly 2,400 Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopters remain in service worldwide. In January 2015 that figure had increased to 2,469 aircraft with several models remaining in production beyond 2020.
The Mi-8MTPR1 is a variant of the Mi-8MTV5-1/Mi-17V-5 transport helicopter equipped with the Richag-AV radar and sonar jamming system. The purpose of the Mi-8MTPR1 is to protect aircraft, helicopters, drones, ground and naval forces against air defenses and air-to-air missiles from distances of several hundred kilometers away. The Mi-8MTPR1's Richag-AV blinds any radiofrequency-based weapon system. In a combat situation, the helicopter will operate as part of an aviation shock group aimed at breaking through any defense system, blinding everything including the Patriot air defense system. The Russian Armed Forces ordered 18 Mi-8MTPR1 helicopters worth 11.5 billion Rubles and to be delivered through October 2016. The first batch of three helicopters was delivered on March 4, 2015.
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