General Manager of Russia Helicopters, Andrei Buginsky, announced that the government test for the upgraded Mi-26T2V will begin in the second quarter of this year.
Russian media earlier reported the completion of preliminary tests of the military version of the helicopter, adding that its industrial production will begin in 2019.
The M-26T2V helicopter made its first flight in August. Its developed model differs from the Mi-26 base, with a complete range of modern electronic devices, which will greatly simplify the helicopter's commanding process.
In addition, these electronic devices allow automatic flight over a pre-selected route, perform various maneuvers and return to the main airports or reserve automatically as well.
The Mi-26 helicopter has a fan of eight feathers, a five-feather auxiliary head, and a turbo engine each generating 11,400 horsepower.
The military helicopter can carry 82 paratroopers with all their weapons and ammunition. It can also transport shipments by external strapless.
Source: Weapon of Russia