Mi-26T helicopters, produced by Rostvertol, and developed at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, a Russian Helicopters companies (part of State Corporation Rostec), are involved in UN and World Food Programme missions in the Republic of South Sudan. The medical charity Doctors Without Borders estimates that South Sudan is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. The UN children’s rights and emergency relief organization UNICEF has said that millions of children are suffering from a lack of food and medical services. The international community is attempting to help, by sending humanitarian aid to the African country.
The humanitarian mission in South Sudan began in August 2014, and is set to continue throughout 2015. Four Mi-26T helicopters are already on location in the republic, with one more scheduled to join them in March this year. The helicopters are owned by Russian commercial operators and are used to transport food, equipment and fuel to the regions affected.