Mi-8MTV-5-1s at Kamensk

In February, Russian Air and Space Force’s 48th Army Aviation Base (AAB) at Kamensk-Uralsky in the central military district accepted a batch of 16 new Mi- 8MTV-5-1 tactical transport helicopters to re-equip fully one of its squadrons.

In addition to the typical Army Aviation roles, the 16 Mi-8MTV-5-1s will also be used for search and rescue in support of Russia’s space programme.

Located in the central part of Russia, traditionally helicopters assigned to the 48th AAB have been deployed on an asneeded basis to various locations in the country and neigh bouring Kazakhstan to secure the landing sites of re-entry space vehicles returning to earth.

Alexander Mladenov