Russian Helicopters, August 28, 2019 - Moscow - Russian Helicopters Holding, part of the Rostec State Corporation, presented the first serial Mi-38 helicopter with a superior cabin at the MAKS-2019 aerospace salon.
The Mi-38, manufactured at the Kazan Helicopter Plant, will be presented at a static exposition, and will also take part in the flight program of the air show by completing a span as part of the civilian line of Russian Helicopters holding.
Earlier, at the MAKS air show, Mi-38 prototypes participated in the flight certification test program. In addition, the airborne Mi-38T, created on the basis of the certified civil Mi-38, will debut in the flight program of the exhibition.
The design of the Mi-38 has a number of innovations - these are improved aerodynamic contours of the fuselage and power plant hoods, main rotor fairings and swashplate. Instead of the traditional placement of engines in front of the main gearbox, a scheme with their "rear" arrangement is implemented. This allowed to reduce aerodynamic drag and noise level in the cab, as well as increase the safety of the machine.
"The Mi-38 is a new step in the domestic helicopter industry. The ratio of its flight characteristics, economy, flight range and cargo transportation capabilities make this helicopter extremely interesting both from the point of view of commercial operation and for government customers. At the moment, certification tests of Mi are completed -38 with a luxury cabin, and we are ready to start supplying such machines - negotiations are underway with one of the leasing companies, "said the CEO of Rossi Helicopters " Andrew Boginsky
In the passenger version, the Mi-38 can take on board up to 30 passengers or up to 8 passengers in a complete set with a superior cabin. The range of the new helicopter is up to 1300 kilometers (with additional fuel tanks). With a maximum take-off weight of 15.6 tons, the Mi-38 is able to take 5 tons of payload aboard or on an external sling.
Mi-38 can be operated in a wide range of climatic conditions, including marine, tropical and cold climates. Thanks to the technical solutions used, the helicopter surpasses other machines of its class in terms of carrying capacity, passenger capacity and basic flight performance.
Mi-38 was issued a certificate for its highly comfortable cabin
The Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) has certified the civilian Mi-38 helicopter with a highly comfortable cabin. The fact that the main change to the certificate for the machine of this type was approved gives Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) new opportunities in terms of Mi-38 promotion on the Russian market and abroad. Besides, Russian aviation authorities certified an eightfold increase in the resource of the light Ansat helicopter's fuselage.
"Certification of the VIP version of Mi-38 gives us new opportunities in terms of supplying this machine both in Russia and abroad. We present the first serial machine of this version at MAKS 2019 Aviation and Space Salon. It will soon have a Russian operator, and we also expect that foreign customers will be interested in it. Such a considerable increase in the period of airworthiness certification of the light multi-purpose helicopter Ansat's fuselage is a result of hard work of our engineers," said Director General of Russian Helicopters Holding Company Andrey Boginsky.
During MAKS 2019 Aviation and Space Salon the head of Russian Helicopters received certification documents in the presence of Russian Deputy Premier Minister Yury Borisov.
The Mi-38 helicopter was given two approvals for the main change to the type certificate: for a highly comfortable cabin and an air conditioning system for cargo and passenger cabins. A change in the period of airworthiness certification of Ansat's fuselage was certified: the resource was increased from 2,000 to 16,000 hours.
The light multi-purpose helicopter Ansat, which has the largest cabin within its class, is actively used by the Russian air medical services. This twin-engine helicopter has compact size and does not require a large landing area. It can also be used for passenger and VIP transport, cargo delivery and environmental monitoring. High-altitude tests of Ansat have been successfully completed, which confirmed the possibility of its use in mountainous terrain at altitudes up to 3,500 meters. The helicopter can be operated in a temperature range between -45° and +50°. Its significant advantage is the possibility of storage out of the hangar and low cost of operation.
The multi-purpose Mi-38 occupies a niche between the middle Mi-8 and heavy Mi-26. Several changes to the design of the Mi-38 helicopter have been made: these are improved aerodynamic contours of fuselage and cowling of a propulsion unit, protection of the main rotor hub and a swashplate. For the first time in Russian helicopter industry engines are placed "behind" the main rotor transmission instead of their traditional placement in front of it. This allowed reduction in aerodynamic resistance and noise level in a cockpit, and increased safety of the machine. The "VIP Cabin" version of the civilian Mi-38 helicopter can accommodate up to eleven passengers. Mi-38 has new engines manufactured in Russia, an explosion-proof fuel system, and additional landing gear struts for landing on soft ground and snow.
About Russian Helicopters: JSC “Russian Helicopters”, a part of Rostec State Corporation, is a leading player in the global helicopter industry, the sole Russian designer and manufacturer of helicopters. The Holding Company was established in 2007 and is headquartered in Moscow. We operate five helicopter assembly plants, two design bureaus, component production and maintenance enterprises, aircraft repair plants and one helicopter service company providing after-sales support in Russia and abroad. The customers of the Holding Company are the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Home Affairs, EMERCOM of Russia, and other state customers, Gazpromavia, UTair Aviation company, large Russian and foreign companies.