Russia published information about gas turbine power plant issues. The country is developing a new turboshaft engine for Mi-26 (NATO Reporting Name: Halo) heavy-lift helicopters. The new system will be based on PD-8 turbofans developed for Be-200 and SSJ-NEW airliners.
Russia is experiencing issues with gas turbine propulsion systems after the annexation of Crimea. It is known that the Russian Armed Forces are having problems flying Ukrainian systems-powered aircraft and gas turbine propulsion of ships. Ukraine was the biggest provider of marine gas turbine solutions and aircraft jet-based engines. Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Kyiv halted all kinds of deliveries to Moscow and cancelled contracts.