Tsavo Lion wrote:it wasn't's a not a direct replacement any more than the An-12 was of the An-8- it increased vertical lift capability exponentially along with the operating costs.The Mi-26 replaced the Mi-6 years ago...
like I wrote on the other thread, they won't buy it in any meaningful #, if at all. Better make its own helo...and this new 10-12 ton payload helicopter joint venture with China will fit in the appropriate niche to make any other helicopter type redundant in that role.
they can invest in MAGLEV trains with the same result, saving $ on EM CAT & fixed wing AWACS & CODs by adopting helos or tilt-rotors.Money spent on EM cats is money well invested ..will be seriously valuable across an enormous range of fields...
A few EW UAVs can help AWACS helos making them=the USN E-2s.
if the future CVN is going to be as large or larger than the Nimitz/Ford classes, it won't make a big difference, even if its close to 2x as long as CH-46E & CH-47F, both of which operated off LHAa & CV/Ns. 1-2 of them could be based on it & the other 1-2 or all 4 on other ship(s).There are limits to how much you can shorten the fuselage of a tandem rotor helicopter design...
The length of the helicopter 36.2 m
Length: 44 ft 10 in (13.67 m) (fuselage)
Fuselage length: 52 ft (16 m)
The only thing that I may agree here is that is probable that they won't buy many copies (if any) of that helicopter, since Russia has downgraded their participation to supplier and not to 50% partner.
Maybe they will use that work to do their own development, like Italy and Russia did with the M346 and the yak130.
However there is not a specific engine for that either, they plan to use a derated version of the PD-12V that should go also on the Mi-26 to substitute the soviet/ukrainian D136.
Maybe this size class is not the priority for Russia, and they would rather invest money on a fixed wing transport aircraft with such payload capability, e.g. a lengthened il-112v with a more powerful engine.
I know that they are going to develop a 4000/5000 shp engine, so that will probably be for an helicopter in size between the mi38 and the mi6. I believe it will be anyway still a bit too large for naval use and would not fit in the helicopter hangars in current navy ships.
Interview with General Designer of the United Engine Corporation Yuri Shmotin
- Regarding "perspective helicopter engine" project. UEC is working on an engine suitable for both helicopters and airplanes. This project is now called PDV-4000 [PDV stands for future helicopter engine]. Τhis power system will be a new generation engine of 4,000-5,000 horsepower.