Russian Helicopters (part of Russian state corporation Rostec) is developing the arctic version of the heaviest mass-produced helicopter in the world, Mi-26T2V, Andrei Boginsky, the holding’s director general, told Sputnik Thursday.

“The working design documentation has not yet been created, but the approximate terms of work have already been determined. The technical design of the arctic Mi-26T2VA helicopter has been formed, it has been approved by the Aerospace Forces, we are still working on it with the Navy. Now we expect performance specifications from the Defence Ministry. According to our calculations, it will take about two years from its receipt to the creation of a prototype,” he said.

The Mi-26T2V is a heavy, wide-body military transport helicopter with a payload capacity of 20 tonnes which uses modern avionics and is capable of round-the-clock use.

It can transport loads inside its fuselage and on an external sling; alternately, it can carry up to 82 fully armed and equipped paratroopers as well as evacuate the sick and wounded.

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