Russian Helicopters has delivered the first serial
production Mi-38 helicopter to Gazprombank Leasing company.
The helicopter, designed to carry up to 10
people, was built by
Kazan Helicopters and will be operated by Russian Helicopter Systems
The Mi-38 helicopter was introduced
to the general public at MAKS-2019 Moscow Air Show where it was
demonstrated to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the
President of Turkey Tayyip Recep Erdogan.
The Mi-38’s foreign debut
took place during the Dubai Airshow 2019, where the head of the
Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, showed it to
the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin
Zayed Al Nahyan.
“The newest Mi-38 is a multi-purpose helicopter
that will fill the empty niche between medium Mi-8 and heavy Mi-26
models. It can be used for transportation of cargo and passengers,
search and rescue operations, and as a flying hospital or an
offshore helicopter for delivering specialists to oil production
platforms at sea,” said Anatoly Serdyukov, the Industrial Director
of Rostec Aviation Cluster. “The first serial produced machine
will be used for business class transportation.”
The Mi-38 helicopter uses two Russian-made
TV7-117V engines while an advanced
six-blade rotor, equipped with an anti-icing system, provides high thrust and low vibration levels.
The flight range of the new
helicopter is up to 1,200 kilometers (with additional fuel tanks).
With its maximum takeoff weight of 15.6 tonnes, the helicopter can
carry 5 tonnes of payload on board or on an external sling.
“The delivery of the first serial Mi-38 is an
important step, confirming that Kazan Helicopters is ready to
serial delivery of this type of machine for both commercial
operators and governments. The demand forecast of potential buyers
for Mi-38 by 2030 is more than 100 aircraft,” said the Director
General of Russian Helicopters, Andrei Boginsky.