Motor-Sich Launching Production Line for Mi-8MSB Helicopter Fuselage

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Previously built Mi-8MSB helicopters feature fuselages from available Soviet-era Mi-8 helicopters
Previously built Mi-8MSB helicopters feature fuselages from available Soviet-era Mi-8 helicopters

Fuselage and tailbeam component manufacturing process for the helicopters MSB-2 Nadia and MSB-8 (Ukrainian upgrade to the Soviet-built transport helicopter Mi-8) will be set up at State-owned Kharkiv Aircraft Manufacturing Company (KSAMC)

KSAMC is currently finalizing a set of documentation for production of the helicopters’ fuselage components, Oleksandr Kryvokon, the Company CEO, told the city of Kharkiv’s municipal news outlet, Depo Kharkiv, during celebrations marking KSAMC’s 95th anniversary.

On September 24, KSAMC celebrated its 95th anniversary

“We are working with regard to MSB-8 and MSB-2 helicopters, finalizing the full set of documentation on production of fuselage and tailbeam components for these helicopters, “ Kryvokon has said.

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Fuselage for the MSB-2 helicopter will be almost entirely made from composite materials

As reported by CEOs for Motor-Sich and KSAMC, the two companies earlier had launched fuselage production lines for the MSB-2 Nadia helicopter.

Motor Sich has already set up production processes for all of Mi-8MSB helicopter components and systems excepting fuselages, which previously had to be adopted from available Soviet-built Mi-8s

“In Kharkiv, we are launching a fuselage structure assembly line for 4.5 ton class take-off weight helicopters. Meanwhile, there have been made production preparations for heavy medium, 13-t class helicopters, to be followed by 15-t class. Ukraine has its own domestic research & development and manufacturing base [for helicopters]”, Motor-Sich CEO, Vyacheslav Bohuslaev told Ukrinform in a July 2021 interview.

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