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Mi-8 Anatomy: What Part is This?

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Just beneath the side cockpit panels, between the pitot tubes and the mirror mounts, there are what appear to be large plates:









It does not appear in many real-world Mi-8's, it seems:






But it is there in others:




While the latest variants have something that looks like it might be the same thing functionally, but with perhaps a different geometry and placement:






What is it? What is it's purpose? Armor of some kind?

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Except if your the Engineer in the Mi8, notice how much plating is in front of that seat. :music_whistling:

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