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Mi-38  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2016
Maiden Flight: 28 July 2009
Total Production: ?
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Kazan Helicopters, Mil Helicopter and Russian Helicopters*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Mi-38
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2016
Maiden Flight: 28 July 2009
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Mi-38T
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Description: The MIL Mi-38 is a multipurpose helicopter suitable for transportation of cargo and/or passengers, VIP transport with high comfort luxury cabin, search and rescue missions, medical evacuation and geological prospecting. It is being designed for operation in extreme climate from hot tropic (60 Celsius) to artic conditions (-50 Celsius). Mi-38 responds to a conventional helicopter layout featuring a six-bladed main rotor and a tail rotor both leverage the Mi-28 design implemented by MIL. Its airframe also incorporates composites and modular architecture allowing for faster maintenance compared to Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters. According to MIL, Mi-38 servicing and maintenance time will average less than half the time required on the Mi-8 aircraft.

The Mi-38 medium multipurpose helicopter is being marketed by MIL as the most foreseeable replacement for Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters as well as heavier Mi-6s and Mi-10s. Inside its spacious cargo cabin (8.7x2.34x1.82 meters) a single Mi-38 can transport a 5(6)-ton payload or a 7-ton payload using an externally using a hook. The passenger variant offers 30-seat including toilet, buffet and luggage compartment. In the medical evacuation role the Mi-38 provides room for up to 16 stretchers. Mi-38 loading/offloading of payload and/or personnel can be executed quickly through a rear cargo door or a wide right lateral door. The advanced avionics allow a single pilot to operate the aircraft while there is no need for a flight engineer.

Pratt & Whitney Canada will provide two PW127T/S engines that will power this aircraft. MIL engine arrangement reduces cabin noise and improves survivability during emergency landings. Each PW127 is rated at approximately 2,500-shp at takeoff. The internal fuel tanks (3,055 kg) provide a maximum range of 885 kilometers or 1,300 kilometers with auxiliary fuel tanks. With a top speed of 300 kph, and a cruise speed of 275 kph, the service ceiling for the Mi-38 is 5,100 meters or 2,800 meters out of ground effect. In the event of a grace failure an emergency system allows to execute landings at sea. Thales along with ZAO Transas are developing the full avionic systems to be installed on the Mi-38 helicopter (the agreement was signed in May 2006). The cockpit's five color multipurpose displays will be among the equipment furnished by Thales. Other advancement introduced on a Russian made helicopter are an integrated navigation and management system, electronic autopilot, digital engine control, night flight capability, digital measurement of weight, etc.

Russian Federal Authorities are providing support to this program whose development has been deemed as a priority in the 2002-2015 timeframe. The maiden flight occurred on December 22, 2003, and was shown to the public during MASKS (Moscow AirShow) 2005. The first Mi-38 multipurpose helicopter is expected to be declared operational by 2008. Russian, European and American certification is expected to be awarded in 2009. Besides it has been designed for the domestic market, MIL Helicopter foresees great chances in the international market for its Mi-38 aircraft. In May 2009 Pratt & Whitney Canada and its PW127TS engine withdrew from the Mi-38 project delaying the expected intro into service two years from 2012 to 2014. This decision was due to US embargo sales on dual purpose equipment to Russia. The Mi-38 helicopter for civilian customers is expected to enter service in 2016 or 2017.

Mi-38 Specifications

Crew: 2
Main Rotor Blades: 6
Number of Engines: 2
Passengers: 30
Dimensions
Height: 6.98 meter (275 inch)
Length: 20.0 meter (785 inch)
Main Rotor Diameter: 21.1 meter (831 inch)
Width: 4.50 meter (177 inch)
Performance
Ceiling: 5,100 meter (16,732 foot)
Max Range: 1,300 kilometer (702 nautical mile)
Min Range: 885 kilometer (478 nautical mile)
Power
Max Power at TakeOff: 5,000 shp (3,730 kW)
Speed
Cruise Speed: 275 kph (149 KTAS)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 300 kph (162 KTAS)
Weight
Max Takeoff Weight: 15,600 kilogram (34,392 pound)
Payload: 7,000 kilogram (15,432 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Mi-38 News

There are 11 news between
15 May 2008 and 23 Aug 2017
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017Russian Ministry of Defense Orders First Two Mi-38T Helicopters
Friday, September 9, 2016Russia Conducting Additional Certification Tests for Mi-38-2 Helicopter
Thursday, December 31, 2015Russian Mi-38 Helicopter Awarded Type Certification
Monday, October 20, 2014Mi-38 Pre-series Production Prototype Completes First Flight
Tuesday, December 17, 2013Mi-38 Helicopter with Russian TV7-117V Engines Makes First Flight
Thursday, March 21, 2013Mi-38 Helicopter Sets Several World Records
Monday, August 27, 2012Mi-38 Helicopter Sets Altitude Record
Friday, December 24, 2010Mi-38 Helicopter Successfully Completed First Kazan-Moscow Flight
Thursday, December 2, 2010Second Mi-38 Helicopter Prototype Begins Flight Testing
Tuesday, September 14, 2010Kazan Aircraft Plant to Build Russian Air Force's Next Generation Bomber

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems

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Propulsion Systems
PW127TSx2
TV7-117VMx2
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