The Ukroboronprom state defense concern has presented its new Lev-1 light helicopter, which is designed for evacuating the wounded from scenes of emergencies or battlefields, to Ukrainian law enforcement agencies. The presentation took place at the Chaika aerodrome on 1 October, the press service of Ukroboronprom announced.
According to the announcement, the helicopter meets the AP-27 airworthiness requirements for rotary-wing aircraft.
"The new development is capable of quickly evacuating the wounded and injured to places for provision of special medical assistance, promptly delivering professionals (military and civilian) to scenes of events, performing patrol and search and rescue operations, and transporting up to 500 kilograms of cargo," the announcement states. In addition, the helicopter can be equipped with light weapons.
The Lev-1 helicopter has three cabin seats and two specially equipped evacuation boxes on its sides. The base platform for the Lev-1 helicopter is the Bell-47 helicopter. It is powered by a GTD-350 engine (which is installed on Mi-2 helicopters).
The advantages of the helicopter include the ability to fly at ultra-low altitudes, low noise, a “small area of lateral projection” (which reduces the likelihood of detection and destruction of enemy helicopters).