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Rosoboronexport JSC signed its first export contract for an unspecified foreign customer of multi-purpose helicopters, specifically, Mi-38T from Russia’s renowned Kazan Helicopter Plant.  Rosoboronexport Director General Alexander A. Mikheev said the Mi-38T helicopter was launched into the export market in record time for the Kazan Helicopter Plant. The Mi-38T was developed entirely from domestic high-tech components.

Photo: Yury Laskin

“Its first flight took place at the end of 2018; and…in addition to the already contracted helicopters, Rosoboronexport is processing several more requests from foreign customers for their supply,” announced Mikheev. Within the contract helicopters will be delivered to customer in transport configuration with VIP cabin in 2021-2022.

 

Operational Advantages

The technical solutions of the Mi-38 allow the helicopter superior maximum payload and passenger carrying capacity.  Its key performance indicators compared to other helicopters in its class include: excellent flight performance, competitive cost – or value for money, which betters its peer foreign rotor airframes.  The multi-role Mi-38 can carry cargo and passengers, including VIPs, and can also be used as a flying hospital, a search and rescue (SAR) helicopter or for offshore missions.

In particular Mi-38T is designed for around-the-clock air transportation of up to 40 people, landing on unprepared sites, evacuation of wounded personnel (maximum 12 bedridden or 30 seated wounded, accompanied by two medical personnel).  When adapted for SAR operations the helicopter can lift people and goods weighing up to 300 kg on board (suspended under the aircraft) from land or sea surfaces.  The Mi-38T differs from other modes during which it can carry 5 tonnes of payload on board or from an external sling in addition to its maximum take-off weight of 15.6 tonnes.

 

Technical Benefits

Because the Mi-38 is fitted with a power plant of twin TV7-117V engines manufactured by Klimov JSC,  the flight range of the transport version of the new Mi-38 helicopter is up to 1,000 kilometres (with additional fuel tanks) and can operate in a wide range of extreme climates, including maritime deployments, tropical weather and cold environments.  The engines of Mi-38 are located behind the main rotor transmission, instead of their traditional forward placement, which ensures reduced aerodynamic resistance and cockpit noise level, as well as increased the rotorcraft safety.

NOTE: The civilian version of the first serial Mi-38 helicopter was introduced last August at MAKS-2019 Moscow Air Show where it was demonstrated to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The international premiere of this rotorcraft happened at the Dubai Air Show 2019.

Yury Laskin