Russian Helicopters is going to use composites in design of Mi-8

A Mi-8 "Hip" helicopter simulates an attack while being scoped by a Dutch Stinger Missile Platoon (Not shown) on McGregor Range, New Mexico during Roving Sands '99, June 21, 1999.  Roving Sands is a one-of-a-kind event that is the world's largest Joint Tactical Air Operations exercise.  It melds the Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Elements; Air Defense Artillery; and Aircraft; of the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and Multinational Forces, into a Joint Integrated Air Defense System (IADs).

Russian Helicopters Holding Company is working on implementation of new composites in design of new versions of Mi-8 military-transport helicopter, as well as light armor, RIA Novosti reports with reference to Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev.

“We don’t see any reasons to replace Mi-8, because the vehicle is upgraded every 3 or 5 years. This is a proven platform and we’re working on its service life, life cycle, avionics, weapon system and we are also implementing new materials, including composites and light armor,” Mikheev said.

He noted that the helicopter is still in demand in Russia and foreign countries. Composites have a number of advantages compared to traditional materials: high durability, resistance to high temperatures and chemical substances.

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