Mil Mi-38

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Mil Mi-38-2 (38013) at Moscow Zhukovsky.jpg
Mi-38 at HeliRussia 2011
Role Medium transport helicopter
Manufacturer Kazan Helicopter Plant
Design group Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant
First flight 22 December 2003
Introduction 30 December 2015

The Mil Mi-38 is a transport helicopter designed by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. Originally intended as a replacement for the Mil Mi-8 and the Mi-17, it is being marketed in both military and civil versions.[1] It flew for the first time on 22 December 2003 and was certified on 30 December 2015.[2]

Design and development[edit]

The manufacturer plans to provide the Mi-38 with a new Tranzas "glass cockpit" avionics system and new composite main rotor blades. The helicopter is offered with a choice of either Klimov TV7-117V or Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127/TS turboshaft engines. The second prototype, powered by the PW127TS, made its first flight in December 2010.[3] In 2013, the third prototype has been assembled at the Kazan Helicopter Plant.[4]

The Mil Mi-38 prototypes have already set five records in the E1h class. The second prototype aircraft set an altitude record by reaching 8,620 meters (28,280 feet) without a payload. The second and third records were for climbing speed; the Mi-38 reached a height of 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) in six minutes, then followed this to reach 6,000 meters (19,685 feet) in 10 minutes and 52 seconds. Two further records were altitude records: the first was set at 7,895 meters (25,902 feet) with a 1,000-kg (2,205-lb) payload, the second at 7,020 meters (23,031 feet) with a 2,000-kg (4,409-lb) payload.[5][6]

On 30 December 2015, Rosaviatsiya certified the Mi-38, completing the testing and certification program and allowing for the delivery of the first production model. Certification was based on the third and fourth flight-test prototypes with 2,500 shp Klimov TV7-117V engines.[2]

On January 10 2018, the Kazan Helicopter Plant announced that serial production of the Mi-38 helicopter had started. Russian armed forces plans to purchase about 15 Mi-38 helicopters until 2020.[7]

On 23 November 2018, the military variant Mi-38T was flown for the first time.[8][9] The Mi-38T variant is to be delivered to the Russian military starting in 2019.[10]

Specifications (Mi-38)[edit]

Data from Russian Helicopters[11]

General characteristics


See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ Mi-38 helicopter production to begin in 2013, RIAN, 2010-12-02
  2. ^ a b Perry, Dominic (4 January 2016). "Russia certificates new Mi-38 helicopter". London: Flightglobal. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Second Mi-38 Prototype Begins Testing". Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Ростех :: Новости :: В преддверии HeliRussia 2013". Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Rotor & Wing". Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  6. ^ "FAI Record ID #16621 - Helicopters 10-20 tonnes, Altitude with 2,000 kg payload Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine." Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Record date 10 September 2012. Accessed: 29 November 2013.
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  8. ^ "Первый полет опытного вертолета Ми-38Т для Министерства обороны России". 24 November 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". 27 November 2018. Archived from the original on 28 November 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Jennings, Gareth (21 December 2018). "Russia to begin receiving Mi-38T upgraded helos in 2019". IHS Jane's 360. London. Archived from the original on 21 December 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Mi-38 Features". Russian Helicopters. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d "Mil Mi-38 Medium Transport Helicopter - Aerospace Technology". Retrieved 24 December 2014.[unreliable source?]

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