How Helicopters Are Assembled

How Helicopters Are Assembled

What vehicle can lift up a couple of tanks or a 7 tonned transmission equipment in the air? Not only a launch vehicle “Proton-M” is capable of this, but also a Russian helicopter
“Mi-26” – the largest of such class! This flying warehouse is produced in Rostov-on-Don, at “Rostvertol” factory. They say that those who once entered the military enterprise are not allowed abroad then…

How Helicopters Are Assembled

“Rostvertol” has been working since the 1940s. They say that at that time they produced helicopters from wood!!!   Military men were afraid of flying on huge logs…

On the photo above is a shop where they assemble Mi-26. Cargo up to 20 tons can be loaded in it. Americans make an analogue but it can lift only 1,5 times less.

How Helicopters Are Assembled

You think it’s a shop? No! It’s a cabin. It may accomodate another helicopter, for example a three tonned Ka-226. And one KamAz. And a tank can be hung on the frame.

How Helicopters Are Assembled

Mi-26 transporting Tu-134.

How Helicopters Are Assembled

Helping out a disabled American helicopter “Chinook” ..

How Helicopters Are Assembled

In order workers caould get close to such a giant they need real construction scaffolding. The helicopter height is more than 8 m which is comparable with a 3-storey building.

How Helicopters Are Assembled

See the dimensions?

How Helicopters Are Assembled

Here a strike helicopter Mi-28 is produced. It is intended to destroy tanks in bloodbath conditions.

How Helicopters Are Assembled

Such vehicle can make a loop or a rolling. It is often called “a night hunter”.

How Helicopters Are Assembled

Armour sheets withstand hard-target 12,7 mm bullets, common 20mm projectiles and even guided missile splinters.

How Helicopters Are Assembled

They maintain high quality of the products appreciated in the whole world.

How Helicopters Are Assembled

Young people willingly work at the factory. In the lunch time they arrange real American basketball here.

How Helicopters Are Assembled

Tennis break

How Helicopters Are Assembled

“Crocodile” Mi-24.

How Helicopters Are Assembled

Helicopters for export.

How Helicopters Are Assembled

They not only assemble helicopters but also provide service maintenance. Siberian “SKOL” being repaired.

How Helicopters Are Assembled

Soon newly made attack helicopters will go to defend the country.  The military forces have already been provided with new Mi-28N, Mi-35M, Mi-26.

How Helicopters Are Assembled

Location: Rostov-on-Don

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18 thoughts on “How Helicopters Are Assembled”

  1. I have always been intregued by Russian aircraft. That factory is so clean and those helicopters are amazing! Thanks for the look.

    • They should do an article about Russian heavy lift helicopters the current design in a series of heavy lift choppers that goes back to the Mi-6.

  2. The Mi-26 is the largest helicopter in production in the world it can carry a larger load than any comparable helicopter the max load it can carry is 109,350 lb.

    I am surprised to read that the Mi-28s armor can only withstand up to 20mm hits the AH-64 can withstand up to 23mm hits even to the rotor blades.One can not blame the Russians for taking design ideas from the AH-64 though the Mi-28 is not a copy as will try and claim it does take ideas from the AH-64.

    I hope for the sake of Russain pilots that they improved the crash safety of the Mi-24 and later models helicopters at one time the Mi-24 had problems with the seats actually killing or seriously injuring the crewmen in a crash crew survival is key you can replace a helicopter but it is very hard to replace an experienced crew.

    • Even the Mi-24 could withstand 23mm rounds, so the Mi-28 (which was developed from experience with the Mi-24, solely as an attack helicopter) has even better protection.
      The Mi-28 is actually very well armoured. Even the original model, not the upgraded Mi-28N, could withstand bursts from a KPV. And the KPV is a heavy machine gun, with its round specifically designed to penetrate armor. Thats pretty impressive. The Mi-28N should be even more impressive.

      The Mi-35 is the heavily modernized, new version of the Mi-24. It supposedly corrects most of the Mi-24s ‘obvious’ flaws, so safe to assume they have the new crash seats.

    • To the rotor blades? Maybe. But can its cabin survive 23mm? No. Not even .50 because AH-64’s cabin is not armored at all. It only has armored seats and a shield between cabins.

  3. “In the lunch time they arrange real American basketball here.” Remember Munich 1972, anyone? 😉

  4. The Mi-24 has significant armor package and front bulletproof glass (can take 50.cal). Mi-28 and Ka-50 both have a “bathtub”-like multilayer armor for pilots and thick all around bulletproof glass, capable of withstanding 23mm HE shells. The AH-64 doesnt have that, but this certainly decreased its empty weight – 5.1 tons vs 7.7- 8.5 tons for russian heli ))

  5. The Mi-26 cannot pick up a couple of tanks…LOL! 90 troops or 22 tons…the T90 weighs 47 tons. Mr. Babysitter…go back to babysitting you don’t know jack about the AH64D.

      • BMP or BMD neither is a tank. As my name suggests I was a scout in the Army. I have made several flights in the Mi-26 and the most we loaded in one flight was 95 fully loaded soldiers during a combined nation exercise…and to be honest with you, as many helicopter flights I have taken (63) that was way overloaded.

        • A scout in what army, exactly? Because I served in the Russian ground forces for seven years. I took total 8 trips in Mi-26’s. The most troops at the back was 112 on one occasion.

          The BMP/BMD are not tanks, but not many people bother to look closely enough. They see that it has tracks and has the general silhouette of a tank, and assume its a tank.

  6. who sale these products, Ukraine or Russia? why Ukraine sale Migs and Suk to southamerica?
    who is responsible for the maintance? Ukraine sold these armaments without warranty?

  7. vorontsevich, man you are doing a great job beating the drums for mother russia. you make even look russian state tv modest in terms of hyperbole and blatant bullshit hubris about russian stuff. incredible ! pile of flying junk. there are several aerocrane design from sikorsky in America that were smaller, lighter and could carry as much and more payload than this thing. the russians thought size mattered in categories where more advanced folks had already figured out more effective ways.

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