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Mi-38 at HeliRussia 2011
Role Medium transport helicopter
Design group Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant
Built by Kazan Helicopter Plant
First flight 22 December 2003
Number built 3

The Mil Mi-38 is a transport helicopter designed by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. Originally intended as a replacement for the Mil Mi-8 and the Mi-17, it is being marketed in both military and civil versions.[1] It flew for the first time on 22 December 2003.[2]

Design and development

Mi-38 in MAKS Airshow 2013

The manufacturer plans to provide the Mi-38 with a new Tranzas "glass cockpit" avionics system and new composite main rotor blades. The helicopter is offered with a choice of either Klimov TV7-117V or Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127/TS turboshaft engines. The second prototype, powered by the PW127TS, made its first flight in December 2010.[3] In 2013, the third prototype has been assembled at the Kazan Helicopter Plant.[4]

The Mil Mi-38 prototypes have already set five records in the E1h class. The second prototype aircraft set an altitude record by reaching 8,620 meters (28,280 feet) without a payload. The second and third records were for climbing speed; the Mi-38 reached a height of 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) in six minutes, then followed this to reach 6,000 meters (19,685 feet) in 10 minutes and 52 seconds. Two further records were altitude records: the first was set at 7,895 meters (25,902 feet) with a 1,000-kg (2,205-lb) payload, the second at 7,020 meters (23,031 feet) with a 2,000-kg (4,409-lb) payload.[5]

Specifications (Mi-38)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1/2 – one or two (for passenger transportation) pilots
  • Capacity: 30 passengers ( under the AP-29 airworthiness regulations )
  • Length: 19.70 m ()
  • Rotor diameter: 21.10 m ()
  • Height: 5.13 m ()
  • Disc area: 349.5 m² ()
  • Empty weight: 8,300 kg ()
  • Loaded weight: 14,200 kg ()
  • Powerplant: 2 × Klimov TV7-117V or Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127/TS turboshaft, 1,864 kW (2,800 shp) each


  • Rate of climb: ? m/s (? ft/min)
  • Disc loading: 41 kg/m² (8.3 lb/ft²)
  • Power/mass: 260 W/kg (0.16 hp/lb) [6]

See also


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