Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy Birthday- Russian Helicopters’ Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant Turns 65

Neelam Mathews

Dec 12, 2012
Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, designer and developer of helicopters including the Mi-8, Mi-24 and Mi-26 models, has turned 65..
Known today as Russian Helicopters company, the Mil helicopter brand includes the Mi-8/17 series, with more than 12,000 produced over 50 years; the Mi-35M, the only military transport helicopter in its class; the Mi-26(T), the world’s heaviest-lift transport helicopter with a 20-tonne lift capacity; and the new Mi-28NE Night Hunter, which boasts unique manoeuvrability and can fly military missions around the clock in all weather conditions.
Priority areas for Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant include the planned Mi-38, the Mi-171A2 and advanced high-speed helicopters. The Russian Advanced Commercial Helicopter (RACHEL), the medium advanced high-speed helicopter project was presented to the global commercial market at the Farnborough International Airshow. Attention is also being devoted to the study and use of composites, which are actively being assimilated into all models, both new and previously developed. Russian engineers are working with leading global experts on international projects such as CFK-Valley Stade, the international “Carbon Valley” project studying composite materials in Germany. 

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