Russia designs helicopter for fighting terrorists based on Syrian experience

Russian Helicopters has revealed it has designed an anti-terror helicopter based on Russia’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.

Designs for the Mi-171Sh-VN advanced military transport helicopter, which will support special anti-terrorism operation forces, will be presented at the international MAKS-2017 airshow in Moscow.

“The helicopter has a whole number of design features that enhance its combat effectiveness and tolerance to battle damage,” said Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky, who revealed that the model has been inspired by the combat deployment of helicopters in warzones such as Syria.

Equipped with engines improved for better altitude and climate performance, the Mi-171Sh-VN helicopter can reach cruise and maximum speeds of up to 260 km/h and 280 km/h respectively, and boasts a maximum takeoff weight of 13,500 kg.

New flight and navigation equipment has also been incorporated into the helicopter, with the glass cockpit combined with analogue devices to enhance tolerance to battle damage. Kevlar has been deployed throughout the main body to protect the crew, with two 12.7mm guns in the right and left doorways and two bow machine guns on the truss structure.

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