UPDATE: Ukrainian Naval Aviation

Vladimir Trendafilovski provides an update on the status of the Ukrainian Navy’s single aviation unit – the 10th Naval Aviation Brigade at Kul’bakino air base near Mykolayiv – which has recently received new rotary and fixed-wing equipment.

Mi-8MSB-V ‘43 Yellow’ during a regular training flight at Kul’bakino in mid- September last year, a month after delivery. Note the two weapons racks, with three pylons each (for gun pods, rocket pods and bombs) – as found on the Mi-8MT. Also notable are the armour plates around the cockpit (additional armour is fitted to the floor and cockpit seats), as well as the characteristic new ASh-01V exhaust gas diffusion system for the engine exhausts – seen here in its stowed position to reduce drag (it can be deployed rapidly by the pilots when necessary). The KT-01AV jammer is immediately behind the main rotor and a pair of KUV 26-50-02 chaff/flare dispensers is fitted below the tail boom.
All photos Sergey Smolentsev unless stated

Ukraine’s sole naval aviation unit, the U 10 mors’ka aviatsiyna brihada (10 mabr, 10th Naval Aviation Brigade) at Kul’bakino air base near Mykolayiv (see Crimea’s Unsung Heroes, September 2015, p76), has received new equipment in the form of two Mi-8MSB-V helicopters.

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