Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Hip and sons of Hip. The saga continues.
Over fifty years of production and still going strong. Production of a military combat warplane continues and evidently unabated.
America has the B-52 bomber of ancient vintage. The Soviet first and now the Russian have the Mi-8 Hip helicopter.
Getting new life it seems and still robust. Thanks to the Internet web site Strategy Page.
"Special Operations: Spetsnaz Special Mi-8"
"February 9, 2020: The Russian military is receiving ten Mi-8AMTSh-VN special operations helicopters in 2020. These were ordered in 2019 and are already being assembled. These helicopters were a response to demands from special operations (spetsnaz) troops for something comparable to the all-weather helicopters Western commandos have been using for years."
Military helicopter as designated a special operations type warplane. To be used by Russian spetsnaz ranger/commando type units.
BUT NOT STRICTLY FOR USE SPECIAL OPERATIONS. ARCTIC WARFARE ALSO A POSSIBLE.
New wine in the old bottle? An existing warplane with considerable modification and improvements and voila' you have much dangerous, versatile and durable machine. Still in production again even after fifty years. Amazing!