MI-8MTV5-1 Helicopters for Russian Military in Kyrgyzstan

The Russian Ministry of Defence announced today that the Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan will receive two MI-8MTV5-1 helicopters.

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According to a statement published today, the delivery should be completed by the end of June.

The helicopters that the base will be receiving are two modernised MI-8MTV5-1 helicopters, equipped with onboard defence systems. Furthermore, the cockpit is equipped with lighting devices adapted for the use of night vision goggles which make night flights possible at low and extremely low altitudes, as well as perform takeoffs and landings on non-designated places.

"The MI-8 helicopter pilots have completed theoretical and practical training at the centre for combat training and retraining of army aviation crews in the Tver Region," said the Ministry.

Older operational models at the military base will be replaced by the two new helicopters. The base currently operates SU-25 attack fighter and MI-8 helicopters.

The Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan is an aviation element of The Collective Rapid Reaction Force of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

The Collective Security Treaty (CST) was signed on May 15, 1992 for five-year term, with the possibility of further prolongation. The Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan became the parties to the CST.

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