The introduction into service of the Russian helicopter of the year is eminent. The Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant started the final certification tests last week on the Mi-38, with the full green light and first customer delivery expected in 2015.
The tests are being carried out on two prototype models of the type, fitted with TV7-117V engines. One of them is pre-series model no. 4, which was delivered as recently as 3 November 2014 by the Kazan facility where it was built. This fourth prototype will be fitted with the full suite of on-board data acquisition systems and has everything the series-production version will have as well. Compared to the third Mi-38 no. 4 has a shock-resistant fuel system, larger windows and additional emergency exits. The third machine has been re-equipped with TV7-117 engines at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant for the final test phase.
The Mil Mi-38 is a medium-lift multirole helicopter. It is equipped with an integrated digital flight navigation system and five LCD displays. Although designed as a civilian helicopter, its standards makes it an ideal machine for government VIP flights and military leadership transportation as well. The avionics suite makes it possible to complete route flights, landings, hover, and stabilise in any flight mode.
Source: Russian Helicopters with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger.
Featured image: The fourth prototype Mi-38 maiden flight in October 2014 (Image © Russian Helicopters)