Mil Mi-38

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Mi-38
Mil Mi-38 at the MAKS-2011 (01).jpg
Mi-38 at HeliRussia 2011
Role Medium transport helicopter
Design group Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant
Built by Kazan 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]

Mi-38 in MAKS Airshow 2013

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.[7]

Specifications (Mi-38)[edit]

Data from Russian Helicopters,[8] Aerospace-Technology[9]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1-2
  • Capacity:
    • 30 passengers (under the AP-29 airworthiness regulations)
    • Internal 6,000 kg (13,000 lb)
    • External 7,000 kg (15,000 lb)
  • Length: 19.70 m (64.6 ft)
  • Rotor diameter: 21.10 m (69.2 ft)
  • Height: 5.13 m (16.8 ft)
  • Disc area: 349.5 m² (3,762 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 8,300 kg (18,300 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 14,200 kg (31,300 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 16,200 kg (35,700 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Klimov TV7-117V or Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127/TS turboshaft, 2,800 shp (2,100 kW) each

Performance

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mi-38 helicopter production to begin in 2013, RIAN, 2010-12-02
  2. ^ "Russia certificates new Mi-38 helicopter". Flightglobal.com. 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  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" Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Record date 10 September 2012. Accessed: 29 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Russia certificates new Mi-38 helicopter". Flightglobal.com. 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  8. ^ "Russian Helicopters". Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Mil Mi-38 Medium Transport Helicopter - Aerospace Technology". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 

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