Mar 25, 2015
Russian Defense Ministry Wants 100 Mi-8 Terminator Helicopters for Arctic Command
The order size may depend on how well five test helicopters perform in trials. Flight tests for the Arctic Terminator will begin later this year.
The armored assault transport helicopter is but one of a number of specialized vehicles the military hopes to procure for its Arctic forces, which Russia has been steadily building up since last year.
The Arctic's uniquely inhospitable conditions require vehicles, helicopters in particular, to be modified to operate in up to -50 degrees celsius, with strong winds and other extreme weather conditions.