Russian Helicopters Group will modernize the Mil Mi-26 helicopter for Russia’s Defense Ministry and is now developing a prototype of a new Mi-26T2V rotocraft, the company’s press office reported on Friday.
“On the basis of the design documentation developed by the Moscow Mil Helicopter Enterprise, Rostvertol Company is carrying out work to develop a prototype of a new Mi-26T2V helicopter with the subsequent flight trials,” the rotocraft manufacturer’s press office said.
Based on the customer’s requirements, the Mi-26T2V helicopter should be able to fly in any geographical region and any weather conditions. The number of the crewmembers of a modernized helicopter has remained unchanged and equals five men.
“The new helicopter will embody the latest technical solutions considering its use in combat conditions. I want to note that the talk is about the upgrade of precisely the military version of the Mi-26 rather than the Mi-26T rotocraft, which is exported,” Russian Helicopters CEO Andrei Boginsky was quoted by the company’s press office as saying.
The upgraded Mi-26T2V helicopter will have a lifting capacity of 20 tonnes. The helicopter will be fitted out with modern NPK90-2 integrated onboard radio-electronic equipment and also with an onboard defensive aids system to protect the helicopter against missiles of various homing types.
Russian Helicopters holding completed repair of the first out of four Mi-24P attack and transport helicopters of Myanmar Air Force under the earlier executed contract, press service of the holding said on Friday.
“This contract is critical for us, because this is the first time when we are implementing the scheme of performing combat helicopters’ overhaul with departure of company specialists to the customer’s territory.
Successful completion of all activities will be the basis for continued cooperation and signing of new agreements with our partners from Myanmar,” Russian Helicopters said.
A team of specialists will arrive at Myanmar in October to repair three remaining helicopters. “Plants and aviation equipment repaired in the Russian Federation and required to restore operability of Mi-24 helicopters were delivered to the customer for the time being, with assignment of next time between overhauls and service life for them,” Russian Helicopters said.
Myanmar currently operates Mi-24P attack and transport helicopters and Mi-17 and Mi-2 multirole helicopters.
Planes and helicopters of Russia’s Aerospace Force and the Western Military District are returning to their bases after the Zapad-2017 strategic exercise, the Defense Ministry said.
“The crews of tactical and army aircraft of the Aerospace Force and the Western Military District, which participated in the joint strategic exercise Zapad-2017, have begun to return to their permanent locations,” the Defense Ministry said.
The Sukhoi-35S, MiG-31BM, MiG-29SMT, Sukhoi-30SM, Sukhoi-24M, Sukhoi-34 and Sukhoi-25 planes and helicopters Mi-28N, Mi-35, Mi-8 and Ka-52, which were involved in different episodes of the drills, some of them in Belarus, will be back to base within two days.
“The aircrews coped with all of their tasks despite bad weather, including tactical airborne assault, support for ground troops, interception of air targets and strikes against targets on the ground,” the Defense Ministry said.
The joint Russian-Belarussian strategic exercise Zapad-2017 was held in the territory of both countries on September 14-20. Taking part in them were about 12,700 officers and men, (including about 10,200 in Belarus), about 70 planes and helicopters, up to 680 ground vehicles, including 250 tanks, up to 200 artillery pieces, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, and ten ships.
LUZHSKY GROUND /Leningrad region/, September 17. /TASS/.
Attack helicopters of Russia’s Western Military District provided air support to ground troops and hit more than 20 maneuver enemy targets during the Zapad-2017 (West-2017) drills, the district’s press service said on Sunday.
“As part of the Zapad-2017 joint strategic exercises, crews of Mi-28N and Ka-52 attack helicopters drills the skills of aerial reconnaissance, delivering missile strikes at land-based targets and backing land troops at the Luzhsky training ground,” the press service said.
While drilling aerial reconnaissance skills, the pilots conducts nap-of-the-earth flights at set intervals and distances.
Apart from that, the helicopters launched unguided missiles and used onboard weapons to hit more than 20 targets imitating armored vehicles, artillery positions, strongholds and other facilities of the maneuver enemy.
A large-scale exercise Zapad-2017 began in Russia and Belarus on September 14. The drills are held at three proving grounds in Russia and six in Belarus involving 12,700 troops (7,200 Belarussian and 5,500 Russian), about 70 warplanes and helicopters, up to 680 ground vehicles, including about 250 tanks, 200 artillery pieces, multiple rocket launchers and mortars and ten warships.
The main purpose of the exercise is to improve the compatibility of command and control centers, test new documentation and let commanders of all levels practice planning and control of operations on the basis of experience gained in the latest military conflicts.
The book order for the export of Russian military hardware is worth $47-50 billion, Director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev said on Wednesday.
“Our book order is in the range of $47-50 billion. We believe that this trend will persist. The book order is a very important thing as it speaks about the commitments of our suppliers,” he said at a press conference devoted to the results of the Army-2017 international military and technical forum.
Combat aircraft account for about 50% of Russia’s total arms exports, Shugayev said.
“The figures were already mentioned. They indicate that the volume [of aircraft supplies] on the world market is 27% We are approaching the level of about 30% for the delivery of land-based military hardware while air defense systems make up somewhere 20% and naval hardware accounts for 6-7%,” he said.
Russia exports “the entire range of fighter jets” widely known on world markets, Shugayev said. These are Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft, modernized Mikoyan MiG-29 planes, the latest MiG-35s, Mil Mi-35, Mi-28, Mi-17 and Kamov Ka-52 helicopters and Yak-130 combat trainers, he said.
“From among air defense systems, the greatest interest is shown in the S-400 complexes, Tor and Buk systems, Igla man-portable air defense missile systems, various armored vehicles, T-90 and T-90S tanks, striking complexes and electronic warfare means,” Shugayev said.
The Army-2017 international military and technical forum was held in the Patriot Park outside Moscow on August 22-27.
KUBINKA /Moscow region/, August 28. /TASS/. The Russkiye Vityazi (or Russian Knights), Strizhi (or Swifts), Sokoly Rossii (or Russian Falcons) and Berkuty (or Golden Eagles) Russian aerobatic teams, as well as the Turkish Stars aerobatic team, performed demonstration flights at the Alabino training range, located in the Moscow region, on the last day of the Army-2017 International Military Forum, the forum’s press center said.
“The Strizhi and Berkuty teams performed formation aerobatics using the Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters and the Mil Mi-28N attack helicopters,” a source in the press center said.
“The Sokoly Rossii team performed a simulated two-on-two close air combat involving the Sukhoi Su-35S fighters, while the Turkish Stars carried out demonstrations flights over the Kubinka airfield on the F-5 aircraft,” he added.
Besides, the Russian Aerospace Force’s aircraft also delivered paratroopers to the site right before the eyes of spectators and provided air fire support, the press center said.
The Army-2017 International Military Forum was held on August 22-27, venues included training ranges of Russia’s Western, Southern, Central and Eastern Military Districts and the Northern Fleet.
Russia’s Aerospace Force will get over 70 aircraft and helicopters, as well as more than 40 air defense missile systems until the end of this year, Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Colonel General Viktor Bondarev told Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper on Friday.
“Over 70 aircraft, more than 40 air defense missile systems and about 70 radar stations will arrive for Aerospace Force units until the end of the year,” he said.
Russia’s Aerospace Force has already received about 50 new aircraft this year: Sukhoi Su-34, Su-35S, Su-30SM, Yak-130 planes, Kamov Ka-52 combat helicopters, Mil Mi-8 AMTSh and Mi-8MTV-5-1 military transport helicopters and also over 20 standby and alert radar stations, the commander said.
“Besides, the industry is finalizing and delivering satellites, military carrier rockets and radars characterized by the high degree of their readiness for ensuring a closed field of missile attack warning.
Let me note that special attention during the planning of the Aerospace Force’s hardware upgrade was paid to constant alert units and formations where armament and military hardware had considerably used up their potential,” Bondarev said.
The international airshow MAKS-2017 has yielded contracts and agreements to a total sum of 400 billion rubles (6.74 billion U.S. dollars), the Russian ministry of industry and trade said on Sunday.
“MAKS-2017 has yielded big opportunities for aircraft manufacturers, with contracts and agreements for supplies of Russian-made aircraft standing about 400 billion rubles. It is important that MAKS is becoming a business platform and participation in it is not just a matter of prestige but an efficient instrument for establishing partner relations. Over three days, MatchMaking talks were held mostly with small-and medium-sized companies,” Minister Denis Manturov said.
Among MAKS’ biggest deals were a contract for the supplies of 20 Sukhoi Superjet 100 planes to Aeroflot – Russian Airlines and a contract on operational lease of 16 MC-21 planes, including four airlines with domestically manufactured PD-14 engines, with the Red Wings air carrier. In all, about 180 foreign manufacturers from 35 world nations took part in the airshow. More than 1,000 companies conducted more than 1,500 talks.
A number of new developments, including a generation 4++ MiG-35 fighter jet and a Mi-171Sh-VN helicopter for special operations, were presented at the airshow.
The international airshow MAKS-2017 was held in Zhukovsky outside Moscow from July 18 through 23 and was visited by more than 452,000 people.
JW GROM (full name: Jednostka Wojskowa GROM im. Cichociemnych Spadochroniarzy Armii Krajowej, English: “Military Unit GROM named in honour of the Silent Unseen of the Home Army”) is Poland’s elite counter-terrorism unit. GROM, which stands for Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno-Manewrowego (English: Group (for) Operational Maneuvering Response), which also means “thunder”, is one of the five special operation forces units of the Polish Armed Forces. It was officially activated on July 13, 1990. It is deployed in a variety of special operations and unconventional warfare roles, including anti-terrorist operations and projection of force behind enemy lines.
The unit was named after the Silent Unseen (Polish: Cichociemni Spadochroniarze Armii Krajowej) – Poland’s elite World War II special-operations unit.
The unit’s other name is Jednostka Wojskowa 2305 (Military Unit 2305). GROM was originally modelled on NATO’s most reputable special operations units such as the US Army’s Delta Force, the US Navy’s SEAL Team Six (DEVGRU) and the British Army’s SAS.
In the 1970s and 1980s, there were several formations of special forces units within Poland, but these were either trained in purely military tasks (sabotage, disruption of communications and such) or in purely counter-terrorist roles. After the Polish embassy in Bern was taken over by a group of four Polish emigrants calling themselves Polish Revolutionary Home Army in 1982, General Edwin Rozłubirski proposed that a clandestine military unit be established to counter the threat from terrorism and other unconventional threats. This proposal, however, was initially rejected by the People’s Army of Poland.
In 1989, many Jews were allowed to emigrate from the Soviet Union to Israel. Poland was one of the handful of countries that provided aid in the form of organization for the operation, later dubbed Operation Bridge (Operacja Most). After two Polish diplomats were shot in Beirut, Lt. Col. Sławomir Petelicki was sent to Lebanon to secure the transfer of civilians and the Polish diplomatic outposts.
Upon his return to Poland, he presented his plan for the creation of a special military unit to the Ministry of Interior, a force that would be trained in special operations to be deployed in the defense of Polish citizens in situations similar to the one in Lebanon. Petelicki’s ideas were well received, and on June 13, 1990, GROM was formally established as JW 2305.
Brigadier General Sławomir Petelicki (June 13, 1990–December 19, 1995)
Brigadier General Marian Sowiński (December 19, 1995–December 6, 1997)
Brigadier General Sławomir Petelicki (December 7, 1997–September 17, 1999)
Colonel Roman Polko (May 26, 2000–February 11, 2004)
Colonel Tadeusz Sapierzyński (February 11, 2004–February 23, 2006)
Brigadier General Roman Polko (February 23, 2006–November 8, 2006)
Colonel Piotr Patalong (November 8, 2006–March 25, 2008)
Colonel Jerzy Gut (March 25, 2008–July 24, 2008)
Colonel Dariusz Zawadka (July 24, 2008– August 6, 2010)
Colonel Jerzy Gut (August 6, 2010– July 28, 2011)
Colonel Piotr Gąstał (July 28, 2011– September 7, 2016)
Colonel Robert Kopacki (September 8, 2016– March 14, 2017)
Colonel Mariusz Pawluk (March 14, 2017–)
– A Squadron (ZBA) – Land Element (Located in Warsaw)
– B Squadron (ZBB) – Maritime Element (Located in Gdansk)
– C Squadron (ZBC) – Specialty unknown (located in Warsaw)
– Command and support staff (located in Warsaw)
– Logistic and security staff (located in Warsaw)
Sławomir Petelicki was chosen as the first commander of the newly formed unit. As a Polish intelligence officer from Służba Bezpieczeństwa specializing in sabotage and subversion, he seemed perfectly suited to oversee the unit’s initial formation. He gathered around himself a group of like-minded and professional soldiers, functionaries and set about choosing soldiers that would be fit for special operations. Due to the high risks involved in special service, it was decided that all men should be from professional service. The first batch of recruits all came from a variety of already-existing special units within the Polish Armed Forces. Among these were:
1 Batalion Szturmowy from Lubliniec (then known as 1 Pulk Specjalny Komandosów and now known as JW Komandosów)
48, 56 and 62 Kompania Specjalna
6 Brygada Desantowo-Szturmowa
Polish Navy divers
Anti-terrorist units of the Policja
Mechanised Warfare Officer School in Wrocław
Reconnaissance units of PAF
Out of the possible recruits, only a small group passed the training. Many of these initial instructors were trained by the Special Forces of the United States and the United Kingdom. Currently, Jednostka Wojskowa GROM is co-operating with similar units of other NATO countries:
Belgian Special Forces Group
British Special Air Service, Special Boat Service
United States Army Special Forces, Delta Force, Navy SEALs
Irish Army Ranger Wing (ARW)
Italian 9th Parachute Assault Regiment (“Col Moschin”)
German GSG 9, KSK
French 1st RPIMa
Dutch Unit Interventie Mariniers
Norwegian KJK, HJK
Swedish Särskilda operationsgruppen
During its formative first few years, JW 2305 remained completely secret and hidden from the public. It was first reported to the press in 1992 and became known to the public in 1994, after their first major military operation in Haiti.
Before October 1, 1999, JW 2305 was subordinate to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, after which time command was transferred to the Minister of National Defence, until 2007. Since 2007 JW GROM is under the command of Dowódca Wojsk Specjalnych (Commander of Polish Special Forces).
Candidates applying to serve in JW GROM have to pass psychological and durability tests, along with the so-called truth test, a physically and psychologically exhausting field test designed to filter out the weaker applicants. GROM soldiers train with the best special forces units in the world.
The training of GROM soldiers includes a variety of disciplines. All of them undergo the same specialized training in anti-terrorism and special operations, as well as frogman, sniping, and parachuting. In four-man teams, each soldier must be prepared to assume the respective responsibilities of his colleagues, should it become necessary. JW GROM receives basic special operations training from the Swedish Navy’s Special Command for Tactical Operations based in Karlskrona, Sweden’s primary Naval Base. Approximately 75% of GROM personnel are trained as medics or paramedics. In addition, each group is supported by several professional physicians. GROM soldiers are trained in the capture or kill methods.
Most of unit’s operations remain classified, the known ones are listed below. 
1990 – 1992 Operacja Most
1992 – “Antoni Macierewicz briefcases” affair (Close protection duty during political problems in Poland).
1992 – Assault on residence and arrest of one of the bosses of Art B (a political and economic scandal in Poland).
1994 – Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.
1996 – UNTAES mission in eastern Slavonia, Croatia to arrest Slavko Dokmanović – they have since managed to arrest at least six more Serbian war-criminals.
1996 – Bodyguard duties during US ambassador W.G Walker’s mission in Kosovo and Macedonia.
1999 – Bodyguard duties during US ambassador W.G Walker’s mission in Kosovo and Macedonia.
2001 – Hunt for war criminals in Kosovo.
2001 – Recon mission in Afghanistan before the arrival of Polish troops.
2002–2004 – Mission in Afghanistan (VIP bodyguarding, base protecting duties and other).
2002–2003 – Mission in Persian Gulf. Maritime Interdiction Operations.
2003–2004, 2007–2008 – GROM soldiers took part in the Operation Iraqi Freedom. Also operated in Iraq after May, 2003.
2007–present – GROM is a part of Special Forces in Afghanistan, as Task Force 49, operating in Ghazni Province.
2012 – Protection of Polish and International civilians during the Euro 2012 football tournament.
MOSCOW, June 15. /TASS/. Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport expects the sales of Russian combat aircraft and air defense systems to grow on the world market, the company said in a statement obtained by TASS on Thursday.
“According to our forecasts, the general world trend for the increase of the demand for combat aviation and air defense systems will persist in the medium-term perspective. Russia will consolidate and even improve its leading positions on this market,” Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev was quoted as saying in the statement.
“The company expects with good reason a growth in the volume of orders, in the first place, from countries of the Asia-Pacific region, the Arab East and Latin America, as it brings promising and competitive hardware to the market,” the chief executive said.
According to Mikheyev, the annual share of the deliveries of these products in the company’s total exports has stayed at the level of no less than 40% over the past five years.
“Of more than 1,000 contractual documents we signed in 2016, aircraft accounted for the largest orders,” he added.
Rosoboronexport expects foreign customers to display enhanced interest in Russian aircraft and air defense systems at the Le Bourget 2017 aerospace show outside Paris that will be held on June 19-25.
At the Le Bourget aerospace show, Rosoboronexport will demonstrate the Mikoyan MiG-29M/M2 multirole frontline fighter jet, the Sukhoi Su-35 multipurpose super-maneuverable fighter, a modification of the Su-30MK aircraft, the Yak-130 combat trainer, the Kamov Ka-52 combat reconnaissance and attack helicopter, the Mil Mi-28NE combat rotocraft, the Mi-35M combat transport helicopter, the Ka-226T light multi-purpose round-the-clock helicopter and the Mi-26T2 heavy transport helicopter.
Rosoboronexport will also feature at the Le Bourget aerospace show modern Russian air defense systems: the Antey-2500 antiaircraft missile system, the Buk-M2E surface-to-air missile complex and the world’s unrivaled Pantsyr-S1 antiaircraft missile/gun system, and also the Verba portable surface-to-air missile system.
TASS Russian News Agency, 8 June 2017 KAZAN, June 8. /TASS/. Russia’s new Mil Mi-38 helicopter has the prospect of its manufacture for Arctic applications, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Wednesday.
“This machine also has the prospect of its manufacture in its Arctic variant, which is also of interest for us. It will take up the niche between the Mi-8 and the Mi-26,” the deputy defense minister said as he visited the Kazan Helicopter Enterprise.
The new helicopter’s fate depends on how the enterprise will be able to adapt it to the requirements of the Defense Ministry,” Borisov said. “This machine has better characteristics by its range and load-lifting capacity compared to the Mi-8 helicopter, which we purchase from the Kazan Helicopter Enterprise,” the deputy defense minister said.
As Borisov said earlier, the Defense Ministry plans to purchase several Mi-38 helicopters as part of the current and future state armament programs. The Mi-38 is a multirole medium cargo-lift helicopter equipped with new TV7-117V highly efficient Russian-made engines and an integrated digital flight navigation system.
The helicopter’s design widely uses composite materials, including in its main and tail rotors. The Mi-38 surpasses other helicopters of its class by the cargo-lift and passenger capacity and the basic flight and technical characteristics.
Besides, the helicopter can be used in a wide range of climatic conditions, including the sea, tropical and cold climates. The first fuselage of the serial Mi-38 has already been assembled at the Kazan Helicopter Enterprise.