In an effort to provide better protection against threats to national security, the Ukrainian armed forces have taken delivery of a modernized helicopter from the state-run aircraft repair plant, AVIAKON.
The vehicle – dubbed the Mi-8MT – includes upgraded parts and systems, according to a Ukroboronprom Press release. It is also equipped with Ukrainian-made armor, as well as active and passive missile protection with infrared target search technology.
The helicopter also has two sets of satellite navigation, an emergency position indicating radio beacon and a radar transponder to comply with the flight requirements set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
To perform missions such as combat search and rescue in inclement weather, the helicopter was fitted with imported weather radar and a modern radio altimeter.
Ukraine continues to improve its firepower
The arrival of the modernized helicopter in Ukraine is part of continued efforts to bolster military firepower and protect national security amid growing tension with Russia.
Last month, Iskra’s public research and production complex delivered a new 3D radar system to the armed forces.
The army has also received a new large caliber rifle made in the country, The alligator, which will allow the troops “to engage the fortified positions and the material of the enemy, including the light armored vehicles“.
On April 6, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked NATO to accelerate the country’s membership in the alliance, saying this is the only way to end the fighting with the pro-Russian separatists.