KAZAN, May 23. /TASS/. Serial deliveries of the Mil Mi-38 new multipurpose helicopters for the Russian Defense Ministry are scheduled to begin in 2018, the first deliveries of the aircraft’s civil version are planned for the same period, Deputy Director General of the Kazan Helicopter Plant (part of Russian Helicopters holding) Igor Bugakov told TASS on Monday.
"The first deliveries for the Russian Defense Ministry are planned for 2018, the civil version (deliveries) are tentatively scheduled also for late 2018 - early 2019", he said.
The official said that there are two versions of this helicopter: the civil, which got the basic certificate, and the transport model, which is planned to be supplied for the Russian Defense Ministry. According to him, they differ in the configuration of some helicopter systems.
Bugakov said that the helicopter version for the Defense Ministry will be almost 100% manufactured with Russian components. "Mi-38 will be supplied for the Russian Defense Ministry with the domestic fuel system, it will be almost 100% made of Russian components", he said. According to him, the helicopter’s military version will have only a few imported elements of the onboard equipment, which are expected to be replaced with domestically produced ones.
According to him, the civil Mi-38 version to date has more than 90% Russian components. "The helicopter uses a French fuel system and imported avionics components", the official said.
According to Bugakov, the Kazan Helicopter Plant will need about two years to get Supplemental Type Certification (STC), which will expand the capabilities of both civil and military Mi-38. "The main basic certificate has been received for the Mi-38 helicopter, but it is necessary to get a number of supplements that will ensure the helicopter’s full-fledged operation - a wide range of altitudes, speeds, the use of the helicopter in icing conditions, ensuring instrument flying", he said.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said previously that the contract on the supply of the Mi-38 helicopters for Russia’s Aerospace Forces is planned to be concluded in 2017.
The Mi-38 is regarded as the highest-automated helicopter in the world. Its attitude and heading reference system allows automatic en-route flying, landing, hovering and stabilization in any flight mode. Its IBKO-38 integrated avionics suite provides the crew with as much quality information as necessary for very high flight safety.
At the moment, the Mi-38 helicopter can be used for the transportation of cargoes and passengers, as a search and rescue helicopter and a flying hospital. This aircraft occupies a niche between the Mi-8/17 helicopters and the Mi-26 heavy helicopters. According to Russian Helicopters, the Mi-38 carrying capacity of 5-6 tons, the helicopter can carry up to 30 passengers.