Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, is conducting additional certification tests of the Mi-38-2 helicopter to enhance its operational characteristics for further supplies to the Russian Aerospace Forces. Technical features of the helicopter have already been approved by the Ministry of Defense and by the company’s specialists, and all work on further equipping the helicopter will be completed by 2018.
Russian Helicopters will create a wide range of modifications of the Mi-38-2 for various departments of the Russian Ministry of Defense, which include a jamming mode, a medevac version, search-and-rescue and assault transport helicopters as well as modification designed to perform tasks for the Arctic Group of Forces.
Currently, Russian Helicopters specialists are working on increasing the maximum takeoff weight of the Mi-38-2 and its maximum flying height. The helicopter will also undergo testing with an added cargo jib and an external sling and on helipads covered by dust, sand and snow.
“The potential capabilities of this helicopter combined with its high-performance flight characteristics and possibility to install additional equipment make Mi-38 very attractive for the Russian Aerospace Forces. Together with the Russian Ministry of Defense, our company will perform flight tests to check the compliance of the helicopter with requirements of the army. The Mi-38 helicopters prepared for the Russian Ministry of Defense will be equipped solely with Russian-made assemblies and components,” said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev.
The Mi-38 is a multirole helicopter with medium payload capacity. It is equipped with new, Russian-made high-efficiency TV7-117V engines and an integrated digital avionics suite featuring five LCD screens. The helicopter has many advanced features, such as composite materials in its structure, including main and tail rotors. The Mi-38 is one of the most automated helicopters in the world: its navigation system allows to engage an automatic mode for flying, landing, hovering, and leveling in various flight modes. The IBKO-38 integrated airborne avionics system provides enough information for the crew of Mi-38 to ensure a high level of flight safety. The implemented technical solutions allow the Mi-38 to beat all other helicopters of its class in cargo capacity, speed and main flight characteristics. In addition, the helicopter can be operated in a wide range of climatic conditions, including marine, tropical and cold climates. The first serially produced Mi-38 has been already assembled at Kazan Helicopters.