Russia currently has more than 4,000 military aircraft of various types, ranking second in the world in terms of quantity. Even if the number lost during the Russia-Ukraine conflict is added, the size of the current Russian helicopter force is quite large.
Russian helicopter forces are under the unified coordination and management of the Russian Aerospace Forces. So far, the Russian Army has 39 helicopter regiments and 16 helicopter brigades. In the future, 4 new army aviation brigades and 10 independent army aviation regiments will be built.
Here is An Overview of Russian Helicopters
99 Ka-52 armed helicopters
99 Ka-52 armed helicopters are a type of coaxial reverse dual-rotor side-by-side two-seater armed helicopters built in Russia, equipped with a photoelectric fire control system, nose radar, ejection seat, jamming equipment, and omnidirectional warning system.
The flight safety is strong, the normal take-off weight is 10.4 tons, and 6 weapon hanging points in total. The main anti-armor weapon is the Whirlwind anti-tank missile, which cannot fire and forget.
319 Mi-24P/VM/35M armed helicopters
19 Mi-24P/VM/35M armed helicopters, weapons, and equipment developed and produced during the Soviet period are also Russia’s top foreign trade products. The latest model focuses on upgrading the comprehensive self-defense system and also upgrades the avionics system and weapons. During the upgrade, The cockpit is still retained. It can undertake armed and transport tasks and can accompany the transport helicopter to provide cover.
87 Mi-28N/NE/NM armed helicopters
87 Mi-28N/NE/NM armed helicopters, Russia’s first dedicated armed helicopters, equipped with photoelectric fire control systems, equipped with infrared suppression, and infrared decoy systems, can use the new Kh29 air-to-ground missiles, NE/NM type Equipped with millimeter-wave radar, the front can withstand the fire of small-caliber machine guns. The latest version of the NM type is equipped with a disc-shaped radome on the tail beam, and the nose fire control system and engine have been upgraded.
2 Mi-38T transport helicopters.
2 Mi-38T transport helicopters, developed and built in the Soviet Union, mainly to replace the old-fashioned Mi-8 and Mi-14 military helicopters, with a maximum take-off weight of 15.6 tons, can transport 30 passengers and 5 tons of cargo at one time. After the batch of 2 aircraft arrived, the military had no follow-up, and Europe Mill modified some of the cabins and converted them into civilian helicopters.
six Ka-27/M anti-submarine helicopters
Six Ka-27/M anti-submarine helicopters were successfully developed and put into production in the early 1980s. Russia mainly let them perform transportation and anti-submarine tasks.
There is no tail boom and tail rotor, and the overall use of a semi-monocoque light alloy structure to ensure normal use in extremely cold conditions is equipped with a magazine on the belly. The fuselage is towering as a whole. Naval ships need to design hangars when carrying this type of anti-submarine helicopter.
2 AS355 general-purpose helicopters
2 AS355 general-purpose helicopters. In 2017, the Russian Ministry of Defense publicly stated that it was evaluating 5 Eurocopter AS355 helicopters that would be used for light transportation and special operations missions. For the first time, it admitted purchasing five legally-made squirrels AS355 helicopters in 2011. , mainly attached to special operations forces.
H125M/AS350 general-purpose helicopters
These can normally fly at low altitudes and external low-temperature conditions. This is why Russia chose this type of aircraft. It is ready to cooperate with Russia, but now it is highly unlikely that cooperation will be possible due to sanctions.
44 Mi-26 heavy-duty transport helicopters
44 Mi-26 heavy-duty transport helicopters are currently the largest rotorcraft in the world, with a maximum take-off weight of 56 tons, a maximum internal and external load of 20 tons, and a maximum flight speed of 295 km/h. It has all-weather flight capabilities, and It can work independently in a harsh environment without ground support and navigation support conditions and is very suitable for the vast Russian Siberian bad land.
36 Ka-226 transport helicopters
36 Ka-226 transport helicopters fuselage is made of widely used composite materials, avionics, and engines have been upgraded and improved, mainly equipped with the Russian Security Agency, the Ministry of the Interior, the Russian Air Force, and Gazprom and other units.
They can choose a variety of functional cabins, Perform personnel and cargo transportation, search and rescue, patrol and law enforcement, fire protection and plant protection, and other tasks.
Mi-8MTV/AMTsh/17V/M/171A2/E/SH/Sh-VN transport armed helicopters. This can be said to be the most classic helicopter model in the world. Russia is currently equipped with various types of Mi 8/17. The improved model is also partly used for foreign trade, including China also purchased this type of equipment.
Before the appearance of the Z-20, it has always been a rare air transport force in the plateau area of China. In addition to the conventional transport model, Russia has also developed weapons. Armed transport models with pylons, bulletproof plates, surface search and rescue models, and more.
50 Ansat helicopters
50 Ansat helicopters manufactured by Kazan Helicopters flew for the first time in 1999. The prototype used Canadian engines and later switched to domestic ones. In addition to the trainer model, a medical rescue model was developed and produced, accommodating seven passengers. The maximum take-off weight is 3.3 tons, it can be used in the range of 40-50 degrees Celsius above zero, and it can take off and land on plateaus.
43 Mi-2 training helicopters
43 Mi-2 training helicopters are quite old helicopters. The two sides once designed and produced them to symbolize Soviet-Polish friendship. Russia mainly uses them as training aircraft, and they are in a state of exhaustion. The policy is to use it until it is rotten. Some Russian folks are mainly responsible for emergency rescue, agriculture and forestry spraying, and other livelihood tasks.
17 Mi-28UB trainer gunships
17 Mi-28UB trainer gunships, in addition to various gunships and transport aircraft, at the Korenovsky military airfield in 2019, the crew began training pilots with newly arrived Mi-28UB helicopters, the main goal of which is to use them for flight Instruct and train flight personnel to quickly master ground attack and combat capabilities. This type of aircraft has been improved and enhanced based on ergonomics.