Mi-38 - the future of Russian aviation
Alas, almost the entire history of modern technology in the Russian Federation is the history of the technology of the Soviet or Soviet project, which went through a number of technical changes.
The same expression applies to the "newest" Russian Mi-38 helicopter, serial deliveries of which have only recently begun in our country.
Initially, the project of the helicopter, which would be somewhere in between with the transport the bestseller Mi-8 (carrying capacity 3-4 tons) and the heavy Mi-26 (20 tons) was presented at the French air show Le Bourget in 1989 , and the first work on the project began already in 1981.
It was planned to make the Mi-38 better than the Mi-8 in everything. New aviation, newengines TV7-117V or their foreign counterparts from Canadians and, of course, new opportunities.
Like everything good in our life, the project dragged on for almost twenty years and the first pre-production helicopters saw the light only at the end of 2010, equipped with the company's PW127TS engines. Pratt & Whitney Canada.
A helicopter with these power units set several world records during tests, for example, having climbed to an altitude of 8600m.
However, after 2014 and plans to establish the production of IL-114, equipped TV7-117V , Mi-38 changed a foreign power unit to a domestic one and I must say it did not lose, because the new Klimovsky engine is not only more powerful than the Canadian one, but is also one of the best in the class.
The special pride of the Mi-38 is its completely domestic avionics, IBKO-38 of the company " Transas Aviation from St. Petersburg.
The 6-bladed main propeller is made of composites and does not require replacement of the blades during the entire service life, unlike the Mi-8 metal propeller.
Compared to the Mi-8, the helicopter also has better aerodynamics , which reduces the drag of the new car by 20%.
However, despite all the advantages of the Mi-38 over the Mi-8, there are not many orders for the new Milevtsev helicopter.
The first order was received from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and provides for the supply of 15 helicopters in operation, in the future, the option can be expanded to 170 machines.
But at the same manufacturing plant they are not discouraged, according to their plans, the new helicopter should completely replace the Mi-8 in the future and take the main place in the national economy. That is why the Mi-38 can be called the helicopter of the future of Russia.